International Training

The dates of the International course for 2014 will be June 1 – July 25. Please note that this is a special 8-week course. Normally CSAV International runs for 6 weeks, but in 2014, the course will run longer, with the first 5 weeks in Hawaii, and the last 3 weeks covering a visit to the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory with field work. Photos below: CSAV in Hawaii (top), CSAV camp near Mount St. Helens (bottom).

Mount St. Helens

The cost for this 8-week course is USD $5,000 (this cost includes housing). Participants need to provide their own airfare and food, in addition to the course fees. To Apply: Download an Application Form; forms are due in the CSAV office on or before January 1.

Hawaiian volcanoes are among the most active in the world, but unlike violently explosive volcanoes they can be approached and studied without significant risk. As a result, the Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes provides the ideal environment for practicing volcano monitoring techniques.

Overview:
The International Training Program is designed to assist developing nations in attaining self-sufficiency in monitoring volcanoes. The field training emphasizes volcano monitoring methods, both data collection and interpretation, in use by the U.S. Geological Survey; participants are taught the use and maintenance of volcano monitoring instruments. Besides learning to assess volcanic hazards, participants learn the interrelationship of scientists, governing officials, and the news media during volcanic crises. A gallery of former participants showcases over 180 scientists and technicians who have attended since 1990.

Course focus and objectives:
The course is an introduction to a variety of volcano monitoring techniques, rather than detailed training with just one; hence, seismologists who attend will learn about deformation, gas geochemistry, and physical volcanology as well as geophysics. The course is not geared towards academics, but rather, addresses working in a crisis response mode, focusing on forecasting and rapid response to save lives and property.

Who may apply:
Scientists and technicians who work at volcano observatories in developing countries.

Danny Danny Hidayat from Indonesia levels a tribrach before surveying.

Virginia Virginia Tenorio of Nicaragua measures the height of a GPS receiver.

Morris Morris Jim Harrison from Vanuatu relaxes outside of International housing.

EliEliecer Duarte of Costa Rica tests a sample of volcanic gas in the lab.

Application deadline: Applications for each summer's course must be received in the CSAV office by January 1 of the year applied for. Download the pdf version of the International Application Form.

View typical apartment housing where International scientists stay during the course.

If you are interested in learning about volcanology, but are NOT a scientist or civil worker in a developing country with active volcanoes, you may be interested in attending some of the exciting courses offered by the Geology Department of UH Hilo, including Geology of the Hawaiian Islands (GEOL 205) and Volcanology (GEOL 470). Read more about the Geology Department! In addition, other courses supported by a number of institutions and agencies appear periodically on the Volcano List Serve, and these courses address a variety of student objectives.

Written requests may be mailed to:

Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes
University of Hawaii at Hilo
200 West Kawili Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720-4091

TEL: (808) 974-7631
FAX: (808) 974-7677

The 2014 International Course is up and running! We look forward to the arrival of two more scientists from Peru who will join us in July.

International Group

Raingear

The group tests out their rain gear on a short hike on Mauna Loa.

Kalapana

Everyone wears safety gear for the hike to Kalapana area.

CSAV 2014 ESL and Field

CSAV International working in Kau Desert.

CSAV International working with tephra deposits

CSAV International relaxing

CSAV International outreach

 

GALLERIES of RECENT PARTICIPANTS

2013 Gallery

2012 Gallery

2011 Gallery

2010 Gallery

2009 Gallery

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2004 Gallery

2003 Gallery