1. Establish an innovative volcano monitoring system and strategy by integrating transdisciplinary knowledge and subject areas and developing new methods for near real-time integration of multi-parametric data, thus building the bridge to achieving best practise in future volcano monitoring, early warnings, data sharing and eruption response at a European level, in the context of the volcanic risk management cycle.
2. Develop new methods for near real-time integration of multi-parametric datasets and the development of innovative instrumentation for monitoring magma movements and volcano behaviour before, during and after volcanic crises.
3. Apply a seamless transdisciplinary approach to further scientific understanding of physical processes ranging from deep magma transport, through eruption dynamics to plume dispersion and deposition of eruptive products.
4. Improve delivery, quality and timeliness of transdisciplinary information from monitoring scientists to civil protection and governing authorities, locally and internationally, based on the fact that volcanic eruptions can generate cross-border hazards.
FUTUREVOLC has ten work packages to achive its four main objectives. Objective 1 is the overarching goal of the project and will result in large new datasets available to the European community (e.g. GEOSS). The consortium will timely share multiple datasets and information forming the basis for effective tracking and interpretation of the characteristics and evolution of magmatic and volcanic activity. Objective 2 reflects the need for technological improvements in volcanological monitoring and data acquisition. An integrated approach to monitoring volcanoes before, during and after an eruption will be established, using existing as well as new, innovative techniques. All aspects of magma transport from its generation deep in the mantle to its distal deposition as falling ash from eruption plumes will be considered (objective 3). Improved near real-time data streams and flow of information are the foundations for a seamless interdisciplinary approach for better understanding of the physical processes and proper assessment of volcanic hazards within the framework of the risk management cycle to maximize the applicability of the results. New data and evaluation of volcanic unrest and eruptions will be presented to civil protection units and stakeholders in an effective and improved manner, as indicated by objective 4.