Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology


volcanic ash


The Working Group for Volcanic Ash (WG/VA) lays the groundwork for National volcanic ash policy and coordinates cooperative interagency efforts regarding volcanic ash products, services, procedures, and research, and oversees national volcanic ash operations for aviation in support of the ICAO International Airways Volcano Watch. The primary focus areas of the WG/VA are:

  • Oversight of the National Volcanic Ash Operations Plan for Aviation, including updating the plan as needed and conducting periodic tests of its products dissemination
  • Promotion of cooperation among the participating agencies regarding volcanic activity and its effects on aviation
  • Coordination with the Joint Planning and Development Office on volcanic ash programs, products, and services in support of the Next Generation Air Transportation System.
  • Promotion of education, training, and outreach programs related to volcanic ash hazards to aviation
  • Assessment of operational, research and developmental needs as defined by the aviation community.

Terms of Reference for WG/VA


WG/VA is responsible for the National Volcanic Ash Operations Plan and Support of the ICAO International Airways Volcano Watch, which can be found here.