VII. Volcanoes and human societies  

VII.2 Volcanic geoheritage

Karoly Nemeth, Massey University, New Zealand; k.nemeth@massey.ac.nz
Rashad Mohammed Moufti, King Abdulaziz University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; mrmoufti@gmail.com
Joan Marti, Institute of Sciences Jaume Almera, Barcelona, Spain; joanmartimolist@gmail.com
Thomas Casadevall, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado, USA; tcasadevall@usgs.gov

Volcanic landscapes and exposures of volcanic rocks offer opportunities to disseminate volcanological geological and hazard information to the public. Volcanoes are an exciting motif for education materials and programmes around geology for wider society. Studies that document and evaluate the way volcano geological information is presented and transmitted are, however, rare, along with how such information reaches people.
Volcanic geoheritage studies help to preserve iconic volcanic deposits and landscapes in the face of anthropogenic change. Further, associated education programs can serve as an effective means to disseminate information on geologic history as well as volcanic hazard. Geoparks are especially important in this process. Linking volcanic geoparks between locations and exchange of educational programmes and materials may help improve the effectiveness of their geoeducation programs.
In this session we invite presentations on a range of educational and outreach methods to evaluate volcanic landscapes in diverse geotectonic and preservation environments. We also call for presentations on the effectiveness of volcanic geoeducation programs evaluated through research with their audiences. Further research presentations on volcano geoheritage, including the framework to identify, catalogue and compare volcanic geosites are welcome in this session.