Scientists' views about lay perceptions of volcanic hazard and risk

Amy Donovan*, J. Richard Eiser, R. Stephen J Sparks

*Corresponding author for this work

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We present data from a survey of scientists from volcano observatories and monitoring institutions around the world. The scientists were asked about the hazards from the volcanoes that they work on, their perception of the likely magnitude and impacts of eruptions, and their views about local people's awareness of the risk. They were also asked about how well different groups are trusted by local people, and about their views concerning the need to warn people about changes in the volcanic risk. We show that scientists were generally concerned about risk from the volcanoes that they worked on, and also that many scientists felt that their own view of the risk was different from that of locals. Perceived trust in scientists depended upon both social factors and volcanic risk. We discuss the implications of these results for precautionary decision-making on active volcanoes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number15
JournalJournal of Applied Volcanology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014


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