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Monitoring Our Volcanoes

Volcano monitoring in New Zealand is undertaken by GNS Science’s GeoNet Project.


Why do we monitor volcanoes?

Any future eruptive activity has to be watched out for, so that the sizes and styles of any eruptions, and their consequent threats to lives and property, can be forecasted.

Monitoring active volcanoes:

  • Background monitoring between crises - using a limited number of fixed instruments or sampling points.
  • Monitoring during a crisis involves a much greater deployment of monitoring equipment and personnel.

To find out more about Volcanic Surveillance in New Zealand visit the GeoNet site.