Citizen science and volcanology in Central America: investigating the impact of persistently degassing volcanoes on the local environment and population
Welcome. This Society in Science funded research project combines geophysical and geochemical methods with public engagement. The aim is to advance the scientific understanding of volcanic degassing while increasing the capabilities of communities in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
The work is carried out at Turrialba (Costa Rica) and Masaya (Nicaragua), whose ongoing activity represents a health and economic threat to the local population.
Image: ©R van Manen, 2008, used with permission
Research conducted in collaboration with Dr. Geoffroy Avard and Dr. Maria Martinez from OVSICORI (Costa Rica) was recognised on Tuesday 3 February at the Open University's Engaging Research Awards Scheme:
Saskia presented her collaborative work with Geoffroy Avard and Maria Martinez from OVSICORI on 'Co-designing communication and hazard preparedness strategies at Turrialba volcano, Costa
More fieldwork at Turrialba and Masaya is on its way this month: Saskia's already in Costa Rica and Bethan will be travelling to Nicaragua in a few weeks. Keep checking back for updates and blog posts!
Department of Environment, Earth and Ecosystems
The Open University
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