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CRAVE Project

Collaborative Risk Assessment for Volcanoes and Earthquakes (CRAVE)

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The need to better understand the existing earthquake and volcano risk led to the establishment of the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) and the Global Volcano Model (GVM) network. GEM, founded in Italy in 2009, has been developing open tools and models to calculate and communicate seismic hazard and risk worldwide. Similarly, the GVM network represents an international community aiming to provide systematic evidence, data and analysis of volcanic hazards and risk on national, regional and global scales working with monitoring institutions to implement the best science and DRR strategies. Both GEM and the GVM network are currently leading international efforts that aim to mitigate the adverse effects from these perils.

South America and ASEAN regions have been the target of numerous studies in the last two decades. However, most of these studies only focused on one component of the risk problem (e.g. hazard, vulnerability). Such limitation prevents the development of a comprehensive risk profile to properly inform decision-makers. The CRAVE project, through the current GEM and GVM network tools will offer a timely and unique opportunity to advance the understanding of seismic and volcanic risk in the region.


This project aims to develop a common framework for the assessment of the impact from earthquakes and volcanoes, with an application in three countries located around the Pacific Rim. The activities comprised in this project feature several events to bring together global partners with the mandate to calculate and communicate seismic and volcanic risk, as well as training events to increase the capacity of local institutions in the assessment of their hazard and risk.



This project includes several partners including the following:

  • British Geological Survey;

  • the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS);

  • the University of Edinburgh;

  • the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program (VDAP) of the United States Geological Survey (USGS); and 

key organizations from the region including:

  • the Colombian Geological Survey;

  • the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology;(PHIVOLCS); and 

  • Badan Geologi (Indonesia).


Direct beneficiaries include seismologists, volcanologist, engineers, and risk analysts. Indirect beneficiaries include the population from countries covered in this program, and the total global population at risk of seismic or volcanic events.

Funding partner

The CRAVE project is funded by the The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), an independent agency of the United States federal government that is primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid and development assistance.


2017 - 2019

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