Liverpool volcanology research improves monitoring practice, influences decision making, and prevents loss of life in Guatemala

Frontier research at the University of Liverpool has informed the implementation of operational volcano monitoring systems in Guatemala by developing techniques and practices that utilise seismic and acoustic data for real-time assessment of volcanic activity.

In 2018, the adoption of these new methods by INSIVUMEH, the governmental agency responsible for monitoring of geological hazards in Guatemala, changed volcano monitoring practice and influenced decision making for the management of hazard areas near active volcanoes in the country. On 19 November 2018, the timely detection of intensifying activity by the new monitoring systems informed an evacuation, and protected 3,925 people whose lives were under threat by eruptive activity at Volcan de Fuego in Guatemala

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