Data Center Description
The Global Volcanism Program (GVP) resides in the Department of Mineral Sciences of the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The GVP seeks better understanding of all volcanoes through documenting their eruptions--small as well as large--during the last 10,000 years. The range of volcanic behavior is great enough, and volcano lifetimes are long enough, that we must integrate observations of contemporary activity with historical and geological records of the recent past in order to prepare wisely for the future. By building a global framework of volcanism over thousands of years, and by stimulating documentation of current activity, we attempt to provide a context in which any individual volcano's benefits and dangers can be usefully assessed. GVP also plays a central role in the rapid dissemination of information about on-going volcanic activity on Earth by publishing eruption reports from local observers in the monthly Bulleti n of the Global Volcanism Network.