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Ceasing of KVERT Volcanic Warnings (NE Russia)

Old 2nd Mar 2007, 10:32
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Ceasing of KVERT Volcanic Warnings (NE Russia)

Just a warning to anyone overflying the area.
Basically the volcano observatory in Kamchatka NE Russia (close to Alaska) will cease to give aviation ash advisory warnings.
No links as it was an email forwarded to me by someone working in the domaine.

From: [email address]

Alaska Volcano Observatory
March 1, 2007

Dear colleagues:

It has come to our attention that as of January 1, 2007, the Federal Unitary Enterprise State Air Traffic Management Corporation of Russia halted financial support for the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT). Attempts to negotiate renewal of the annual funding agreement by KVERT leadership have thus far failed.

As a result, on March 1, KVERT will cease issuing volcanic warnings to the aviation community.

This unfortunate event comes at a time when three volcanoes in Kamchatka are at Color Code Orange and intermittently producing ash. For 14 years, KVERT staff and affiliated scientists have alerted regional ACCs, MWOs, Volcanic Ash Advisory Centers (VAACs), and numerous air carriers to the onset of volcanic unrest. KVERTís vigilance and volcanologic and technical expertise has resulted in many hundreds of accurate and timely ash cloud warnings.

It is a testimony to the success of KVERT and its international collaborations that during this time period of significant volcanic activity in Kamchatka, we are aware of no damaging ash-aircraft encounters among the many hundreds of thousands of flights through the region.

We do not know official reasons for this action, which, unfortunately, has occurred before in KVERTís history. In response, KVERT and AVO have alerted International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) representatives who have contacted the State Air Traffic Management Corporation in Moscow to express concern and urge restoration of funding.

During a period of reduced KVERT operations, the Alaska Volcano Observatory will continue its own routine, daily satellite monitoring of Kamchatka and we will issue hazard warnings to our interagency partners to the best of our ability. However, AVO does not have direct access to seismic or other ground-based monitoring and observational data for Russia, and thus warnings and notifications may not be as timely, accurate, or complete as those routinely provided by KVERT.

Thomas L. Murray
Scientist in Charge, AVO


From: Olga A. Girina <[email protected]>

Thursday, March 01, 2007

KVERT Information:

Due to the discontinued funding of project KVERT, participants of
the project from the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (IVS),
the Kamchatka Branch of Geophysical Survey (KBGS) and Alaska Volcano
Observatory (AVO), agree that from March 01 the following KVERT
services are suspended:

- Assignment of volcanic activity color codes for aviation;
- Sending operational messages on activity of volcanoes of Kamchatka
and Northern Kuriles to all users including Tokyo VAAC, Anchorage
VAAC, and Washington VAAC
- Sending KVERT Information Releases to all users including Tokyo
VAAC, Anchorage VAAC, and Washington VAAC
- Posting English and Russian versions of "KVERT Information
Releases" on the official website of KVERT
- Free access to daily updates in Russian on activity of volcanoes
of Kamchatka and Alaid volcano posted on the KB GS website
- Free access to MODIS images posted on the IVS web site
- Free access to NOAA satellite images posted on the KG BS web site
- Free access to web cam data for Klyuchevskoy, Sheveluch, and Bezymianny volcanoes
- Posting information on current eruptions on the IVS website

E-mail: [email address]
Tel. (41522) 58627

Sergey Senyukov, KVERT, KB GS RAS
E-mail: [email address]
Tel. (41522) 59523

Tom Murray, Scientist-in-Charge, AVO
E-mail: [email address]
Tel. 907-786-7497
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For high altitude aviation traffic, satelite imagery should fill this gap.
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