The European Volcano Observatory Space Services (EVOSS) is an European Union science initiative, funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and using the latest European earth observation data. EVOSS is a GMES service for the monitoring of major volcanic hazards throughout the EU – including its overseas territories – and the Caribbean and Africa. Here, more than 50 volcanoes have erupted in the last four centuries, and over one-hundred in historical time.

The goal of this project is to implement space-borne support to volcano observation, in order to enhance the speed and quality of responses to major volcanic crises and offer backup monitoring capacity.

EVOSS is centered on the development of advanced data processing techniques that monitor ash, gas, ground deformation and temperature, and to provide substantial help in scenario building and emergency decision making.

The project is designed to to act from situations of sustained volcanic unrest, to situations when volcanoes erupt and space-borne observation may take over from ground based observatories that may need to be evacuated.

EVOSS end-users are scientific organisations responsible for advising political authorities during volcanic crises – typically volcano observatories where they exist.

The EVOSS project demonstrates how real-time operational monitoring can be enhanced by satellite remote sensing.

  • Centro di Ricerca Progetto San Marco, Italy
  • Institute de Physique du Globe de Paris, France
  • Belgisch Instituut voor Ruimte-Aëronomie, Belgium
  • Booz & Company, Italy
  • Natural Environment Research Council – British Geological Survey, United Kingdom
  • Carlo Gavazzi Space, Italy
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Germany
  • Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut, Netherlands
  • IES Consulting, Italy
  • Science [&] Technology, Netherlands
  • Tele-Rilevamento Europa s.r.l., Italy
  • Terrasphere, Netherlands
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium