The Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT)

In Russia, KVERT, on behalf of the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (IVS) of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (FEB RAS), provides information on volcanic activity to international air navigation authorities, meteorological agencies, and airlines. The primary purpose of KVERT is to reduce the risk of aircraft encounters with volcanic ash clouds in the North Pacific region through timely detection of eruptive activity and prompt notification of airline authorities about volcanic ash hazards.

KVERT assigns an Aviation color code (a system recommended by ICAO) for 30 active volcanoes in Kamchatka and 6 volcanoes on Northern Kurile Islands. KVERT monitors volcanic activity using daily satellite image analysis, information from remote scientific observation stations, real-time seismic data for 11 Kamchatkan volcanoes from the Kamchatkan Branch of Geophysical Survey (KBGS), remote-video systems, field observations, and other information.

KVERT maintains close ties with KBGS, AVO, the Tokyo Volcanic Ash Advisory Center, and other aviation and meteorological agencies in Japan, Russia, and the US.

The OFFICIAL IVS FEB RAS WEB SITE: http://www.kscnet.ru/ivs/eng/index.html

The OFFICIAL KVERT WEB SITE with the most recent information, links to real-time web cameras, photographs, and archived messages can be found here: http://www.kscnet.ru/ivs/kvert/index_eng.php

For Further Information Please Contact:
Dr. Olga Girina

Chief, KVERT
Institute of Volcanology and Seismology FEB RAS
tel. 74152297890