UWI’s SRC cops international award for managing La Soufrière disaster

The Seismic Analysis Centre (SRC) of the College of the West Indies (UWI) has gained the 2022 Volcanic Surveillance and Disaster Administration Award offered by the Worldwide Affiliation of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Inside (IAVCEI).

SRC stated the “prestigious, peer-nominated accolade,” awarded biennially, acknowledges the Caribbean workforce of consultants on the UWI SRC for its excellent administration of the 2020-2021 eruption of La Soufrière in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The nomination was based mostly totally on the UWI SRC’s response, made in particular difficult inside the context of the worldwide coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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“As a consequence of UWI SRC’s state-of-the-art monitoring strategies, strong partnerships and well timed communication with stakeholders, roughly 16,000 individuals had been evacuated forward of the explosive section with no reported critical accidents or casualties,” the SRC stated.

SRC director, Dr. Erouscilla Joseph, who accepted the award in Heraklion, Greece throughout IAVCE’s eleventh Cities on Volcanoes Convention (COV11), stated the operations of the St. Augustine-based UWI SRC are important for the continued monitoring of the low frequency, excessive impression geophysical hazards affecting the Caribbean.

“The problem of serious monetary challenges posed by inconsistent and insufficient funding from contributing territories is a longstanding one which has resulted in annual finances cuts over the previous ten years, which have significantly impacted the energy of our monitoring and advisory functionality,” she added.

IAVECI president, Dr. Patrick Allard, stated the award, beforehand attributed to volcano Institutes in Indonesia (2018) after which Ecuador (2020), acknowledges and honors the outstanding position UWI SRC has performed for nearly 70 years in monitoring lively volcanoes within the Caribbean island arc and in responding to volcano-seismic crises that occurred on this area, particularly the Soufrière Hills eruption on Monserrat (1995-present) then the Plinian eruptive occasions at La Soufrière of St. Vincent in 2020-2021.

“The successes achieved by the UWI SRC throughout these occasions—by way of scientific monitoring, hazard evaluation and even co-management of emergency response, in a context of restricted assets accessible, are totally acknowledged by the worldwide volcanological neighborhood and properly deserve this 2022 awarding,” Allard stated.

A workforce comprising consultants from UWI SRC, and Montserrat Volcano Observatory was the primary amongst a rotation of a number of scientific groups, deployed to St. Vincent from December 2020 following the affirmation of recent dome progress detected by SRC scientists utilizing NASA satellite tv for pc imagery.

UWI Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles famous that he’s notably pleased with the “ONE UWI” scientific capability and response technique of the Centre which is funded and supported by the College’s Regional Headquarters.

“Our Seismic Analysis Centre is an illustration of harnessing The UWI’s mandate of service in motion to the area. We’re really inspired to have this worldwide recognition for the Centre’s work, as one more sign of our achievements as a worldwide college rooted within the Caribbean, remarkably punching above our weight,” he added.



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