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VolcanoStories

As a Geoscience education and sustainable tourism company based in the Canary Islands, with a special interest in responsible science communication, we are in a unique position to document and analyse volcanic activity, readiness,  reconstruction, and sustainable tourism practices. The VolcanoStories project by GeoTenerife is a multi-media project which aims to increase the awareness and understanding of volcanic preparedness, sustainable tourism, and geological research. To fulfil these aims we work with leading local, regional, and national institutions via our unique training programmes GeoIntern, VolcanoCamp, and MarineSciCamp, with students and scholars from around the globe. Our alumni work with us year-round to advance our research projects.

We aim to increase awareness and understanding of the impacts of the 2021 volcanic eruption and reconstruction in La Palma.

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We aim to increase awareness and understanding of the impacts of the mass tourism model in the Canary Islands on residents, the environment, and economic stability.

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We aim to increase the awareness and understanding of volcanic risk, emergency plans, communication, and preparedness in the Canary Islands.

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Our most recent work

NEW: The Cuna del Alma ‘Eco-resort’ and the threat it poses to El Puertito

Cuna del Alma is the proposed ‚Äėeco-resort‚Äô promoting ‚Äėsustainable tourism‚Äô to be developed in the Puertito de Adeje area, Tenerife. This small coastal area is one of the few currently untouched natural spaces found in the south of the island, much of the coastline along southern Tenerife has been urbanised to meet the needs of tourists visiting the island.

Puertito de Adeje is currently unprotected and classified as ‚Äėurbanizable‚Äô, thus leading to the Cuna del Alma project proposal. Research into the area of Puertito de Adeje is critical, to developing a greater understanding of the geology, endemic fauna, and endemic flora in the marine and terrestrial environment.

We have worked with local, national, and international experts and institutions to analyse the impacts of the proposed resort these findings have been written up in a scientific report, and we present the highlights of this research in a highly interactive format to ensure maximum engagement. Our focus is always on the residents affected by large-scale projects of this type.

Our multimedia analysis project includes the following:

NEW: La Palma January 2024 Reconstruction Update 

  • Puerto Naos – Access to 40 more homes in the green and orange zones of Puerto Naos have been granted given continuous CO2 concentrations of below 700ppm.
  • Disabled people during the eruption ‚Äď A spokesperson for the Association of the Physically Disabled of La Palma (ADFILPA), Miguel √Āngel Rodr√≠guez Rocha, has detailed how the disabled have been discriminated against in the response to the 2021 eruption.
  • New homes for those affected by the eruption ‚Äď A project to provide 37 homes in the municipality of Tazacorte has been accepted.
  • Lack of aid for students ‚Äď The PSOE party has highlighted the lack of aid for students affected by the volcano.

See more of the January Reconstruction update here. See other reconstruction updates here.

El Diario - The La Palma Emergency Plan authorises the start of the return to La Bombilla

NEW: Published article

A God that is ‚Äėwith us‚Äô may seem a long way off amid volcanic crises, and yet, the work of one charity ‚ÄėCaritas‚Äô, has been an extraordinary example of working with the local community during disasters and the subsequent recovery, and a light within the darkness.¬† In La Palma, C√°ritas Diocesana de Tenerife, a charity that works throughout Catholic dioceses across the world to ‚Äėend poverty, promote justice and restore dignity‚Äô, has helped over 3,000 people affected by the eruption by stepping in where government assistance has been felt to be insufficient. This article will explore the work of Caritas within community recovery from the 2021 eruption, and the role of the faith-based organisations within disasters, before questioning what we can learn.¬†

Read more here.

Written by Rosie Rice, PhD Candidate at the University of Cambridge and
VolcanoStories Collaborator.

Written by Rosie Rice, PhD Candidate at Cambridge University and VolcanoStories Collaborator.

Published articles and Opinion pieces

We aim to use our project to publish short-form articles, which are easy to read, and relevant to residents, especially La Palma’s reconstruction, volcanic readiness, and tourism practices in the Canary Islands. These articles are the opinions of our collaborating experts and staff but are referenced to scientific articles and news articles for you to find out more about the topics if you wish. Click on the title you would like to read to access the free academic paper:

Written by Rosie Rice, PhD Candidate at the University of Cambridge and
VolcanoStories Collaborator.

Written by Rosie Rice, PhD Candidate at Cambridge University and VolcanoStories Collaborator.

A God that is ‚Äėwith us‚Äô may seem a long way off amid volcanic crises, and yet, the work of one charity ‚ÄėCaritas‚Äô, has been an extraordinary example of working with the local community during disasters and the subsequent recovery, and a light within the darkness.¬† In La Palma, C√°ritas Diocesana de Tenerife, a charity that works throughout Catholic dioceses across the world to ‚Äėend poverty, promote justice and restore dignity‚Äô, has helped over 3,000 people affected by the eruption by stepping in where government assistance has been felt to be insufficient. This article will explore the work of Caritas within community recovery from the 2021 eruption, and the role of the faith-based organisations within disasters, before questioning what we can learn.¬†

Read more here.

The communication and information process during the La Palma eruption errors, successes, learnings and proposals for improvement

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Víctor M. Melo López [1] ; José M. Marrero [1] ; Sharon Backhouse [2] ; Ben Ireland [2]                               

[1] Canary Islands Volcanoes Association  [2] GeoTenerife

After nearly fifty years without showing obvious signs of volcanic activity on the surface, in 2021 there was a new eruption in the area known as Cabeza de Vaca in La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain). The eruption lasted eighty-five days and caused numerous losses due to the extensive area affected by the continuous lava flows and the fall of pyroclasts. The eruption received extensive coverage in the regional, national and global media for weeks after it began, and became one of the most well-recorded eruptions in recent years. Researchers from GeoTenerife and VolcansCanarias analysed the communication work during the eruption of La Palma 2021.

Published in Cosmologica Number 3, 2023: Accessible here.

Written by Rosie Rice, PhD Candidate at Cambridge University and
VolcanoStories Collaborator.

Written by Rosie Rice, PhD Candidate at Cambridge University and VolcanoStories Collaborator.

Volcanoes have both fascinated us as a species and facilitated our development for millennia; owing to the many benefits of living on volcanic lands, such as fertile soils, building materials, and tourism many communities have chosen to make their home on the flanks of active volcanoes across the world (Brown et al., 2015). However, despite all that they offer us, volcanoes can take everything away, and change our lives in an instant. For those living on volcanic lands, it is crucial to understand the risks associated with living close to a volcano. How individuals think about understanding that risk is called Risk Perception.

Read more here.

Lava Bombs: Truths Behind The Volcano

Lava Bombs: Truths Behind The Volcano captures the explosive stories behind the crisis and response to the 2021 Volc√°n de Tajogaite eruption in Cumbre Vieja on La Palma in the Canary Islands. Lava Bombs reveals the heavy impact of this major disaster, through the voices of the affected people, emergency managers, politicians and scientists, as well as showcasing spectacular imagery captured by witnesses, news crews and drone pilots. Themes of communication, trust and missteps are analysed as we start to look towards lessons learned for future emergencies of all kinds

Winner of the Madrid 2023 Film Festival “Best Cinematography in a documentary” ‚ÄĘ Release date: 19 September 2022 ‚ÄĘ See more: www.lavabombsfilm.com

LavaBombs 2 Coming soon!

Urgent Events in the Canary Islands

We aim to collect and publish updates, from trustworthy news sources, regarding urgent events in the Canary Islands, so that residents and tourists alike can use this hub of information during an emergency and act as a record of events after the event has ended.

Tenerife’s 2023 wildfire was the most devastating fire in the Canary Islands in the last 40 years and the most severe in Spain in 2023; The fire affected nearly 15,000 hectares, burning 7% of the surface of Tenerife, and causing 80.4 million euros of damage. The forest fire has caused approximately 12 million euros of damage to the agricultural sector, including 2,500-3,500 hives that were destroyed. In addition, it caused more than 12,000 people to have to be evacuated throughout the course of the fire, 364 farms and 246 buildings were affected. Up to 60 protected species may have been impacted by the forest fire, but the true impact on these species is not yet known.

The volcanic eruption on La Palma was preceded by a seismic swarm starting on September 11th, and by September 19th the volcano, later named Tajogaite, started erupting. Over the following weeks and months, the lava flows continued to advance, encroaching over 900 hectares of land and destroying more than 1,000 buildings. The eruption was accompanied by earthquakes with magnitudes up to 5.1 mbLg, occasionally felt across multiple Canary Islands. 

Our Day-by-Day Eruption Updates from September 11th 2021 – December 25th 2021 includes:

  • Maps of lava flows, earthquakes, and exclusion zones each day
  • Summary of geological data released by IGN
  • Twitter posts made by official Canarian civil service accounts and scientists

Coming soon: La Palma Forest Fire Resources

Following temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius during July 2023, at least 2,000 people across Puntagorda and the neighbouring municipality Tijarafe were evacuated as a forest fire burned in El Pinar de Puntagorda, La Palma. As a result of the fire 12 homes and 4,500 hectares of land were burned.

Outreach

Interviews

We are often interviewed by local, national, and international news sources for information about volcanic activity, forest fires, and more in the Canary Islands. We are happy to share our knowledge with as many people as possible.

Resident focus

Alongside our resident-focused science, we run the campaigns FFP2 and SamuLaPalma to support those affected by the La Palma 2021 eruption. Furthermore, we make school visits to encourage volcano science in younger Canarian Residents, and also make our internship programmes accessible to students who live in the Canary Islands to ensure our projects benefit the residents of the Canary Islands.

Conferences

We co-organise the annual VulcanaSymposium with the IEO and also attend other volcanological conferences,  VMSG, IAVCEI, and COV12, to discuss our projects and their results with experts in the field of volcano science, in particular Q&As for our LavaBombs documentary. Our VolcanoStories Content Co-ordinator was invited to present at the Royal Holloway University Lyell Geology Day regarding the Tajogaite Eruption timeline project.

Collaborations

GeoTenerife is committed to fostering valuable collaborations with local, national, and international research institutions, to both conduct valuable geoscience research in the Canary Islands

We are always looking to welcome new collaborations, so if you or your company/research institution is interested in collaborating with us, please get in touch with us via enquiries@geotenerife.com

Our Collaborators include:

  • IGN, Instituto Geogr√°fico Nacional
  • Dr Catalina Arguello, Social Psychologist, Universidad Internacional de La Rioja
  • Dr Katy Chamberlain, Volcanologist, Liverpool University
  • Dr Pablo Gonzalez, Volcano Geophysicist, Spanish National Research Council

and many more valued collaborators.

Sharon Backhouse

VolcanoStories Director

Natalia Puche

VolcanoStories Content Collaborator

Ben Ireland

VolcanoStories Editor

Rosie Rice

VolcanoStories Science Content Collaborator

Ajay Wynne Jones

VolcanoStories Science Content Co-ordinator

Tamsin Backhouse

VolcanoStories Social Media Manager

If you were involved in or affected by the 2021 La Palma eruption in any way, we would love to hear from you about your experiences and thoughts. If you would like to contribute towards this work, please visit our Contribute page

Contribute

VolcanoStories content is freely available for students, educational establishments and academics – all we ask is that you cite “GeoTenerife’s¬†VolcanoStories”.¬†

How to Cite us

GeoTenerife’s VolcanoStories content is not to be used for commercial use. Any media or commercial outlet wanting to use any content herein should contact us in writing in the first instance via enquiries@geotenerife.com. For more detail, refer to our¬†Terms of Use.

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