We are very happy to announce the second IUGG-WMO workshop on "Ash dispersal forecast and civil aviation" that will take place at the Geneva headquarters of the World Meteorological Organization on 18-20 November 2013. Our preliminary website is at: http://www.unige.ch/sciences/terre/mineral/CERG/Workshop2.html. In particular, this second workshop will focus on the following objectives:
1. To review and institutionalize the interaction between meteorological, atmospheric, volcanological, modelling and remote sensing communities
2. To document scientific and operational progress from the 1st meeting
3. To identify best practice modelling strategies to support operational implementation
4. To identify and develop concepts to address current challenges
The first IUGG-WMO workshop that took place in Geneva on 18-20 October 2010 promoted stronger interactions between the volcanological and the operational forecasting communities and the resulting outcomes served as a "road-map" for on-going research (see for example the consensual document, documents describing main dispersal models and main ash detection techniques and the document describing the benchmark exercise for model comparison; http://www.unige.ch/sciences/terre/mineral/CERG/Workshop/results.html). We expect the outcomes of the second meeting to facilitate further collaborations and help join the effort towards improved forecasting strategies.
The Organizing Committee
Costanza Bonadonna (University Geneva, Switzerland); Arnau Folch (BSC-CNS, Spain); Sue Loughlin (British Geological Survey, U.K.); Matthew Hort (London VAAC, U.K.); Peter Webley (University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA, AVO, WOVO); Herbert Puempel (WMO, Aeronautical Meteorology Division)