Avoiding Airborne Volcanic Ash—Anywhere in the World
theme of the Second International Conference on Volcanic Ash and Aviation
Safety reflects the progress made since the first, exploratory symposium
in 1991 on the aviation hazard posed by airborne volcanic ash. Since then,
many scientific and operational developments have improved our ability
to mitigate the risks and costs of volcanic ash. The Volcanic Ash Advisory
Centers, established in 1995, now provide a cooperative, international
system for identifying ash cloud hazards and notifying the international
aviation community. We have the potential now to ensure that pilots can
avoid ash hazards anywhere in the world, at any time. This second international
conference will examine what has been achieved and what remains to be
done, to realize this goal.
The major topics for
the conference are:
- Physical damage
to aircraft from encounters with volcanic ash clouds and the socioeconomic
consequences of the volcanic ash hazard.
- The volcanic source:
operations and improvements in eruption monitoring and reporting.
- Ash cloud observations
and forecasting: improving ash cloud detection and modeling capabilities.
- Operations and
capabilities at the regional Volcanic Ash Advisory Centers (VAACs):
improving VAAC communications and operational capabilities to meet world
- Aviation industry
perspectives: transferring technology from research into operations
to meet aviation safety needs.
- Education and
outreach to pilots, air traffic controllers, dispatchers, the aviation
industry, and the meteorological and communications support services
Using the plenary
sessions to provide a shared context and the smaller breakout sessions
as working discussion groups, the conference is intended to set the agenda
for continuing work by the community toward three goals:
and communicate the substantial progress made in the technical,
operational, and scientific aspects of ash hazard mitigation since the
first international meeting in 1991.
requirements and opportunities for further improvements
in each component of the coordinated, international mitigation system.
the ongoing investment of effort and resources by the
international programs, technology R&D partners, and the aviation
industry to ensure the greatest return in reducing risks to safety and
We are seeking attendance
from airlines (meteorology departments, dispatch, pilots), aviation manufacturers
and service providers, trade and professional associations, airport authorities,
governmental and nongovernmental organizations, volcano observatories
and researchers, VAACs, academia, and the scientific press. Participants
will be able to present a short talk or poster. The conference will also
host an exhibition of products and services related to volcanic ash and
registration and hotel information, the Call for Abstracts for talks
or posters, and the Call for Exhibits, as well as the most recent detailed
agenda, use the menu options at the top of this page.
The Second International
Conference on Volcanic Ash and Aviation Safety is sponsored by the following:
For further information about the Conference contact:
Mary Cairns or Donald Carver
Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology
8455 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Tel: 301-427-2002; Fax: 301-427-2007
U.S. Geological Survey