Villa Campolieto with Vesuvius in the background.
- Prof. Flavio Dobran:
GVES, P.zza Matteotti, CP418, 80133 Napoli, Italy; Hofstra
University, Department of Engineering, New York 11549, USA.
Tel: +39-339-1639876, +1-516-4635695,
- Prof. Giuseppe Luongo:
University of Naples, Department of Geofisics and
Volcanology, Largo San Marcellino 10, 80138 Napoli, Italy.
- Dr. Bernadette de Vanssay:
University of Paris V, Department of
Environmental Psychology, 71 Avenue Edouard Vaillant, 92100
- Prof. Giuliano Panza:
University of Trieste, Department of Earth Sciences,
Via Weiss 4, 34127 Trieste; Adbdus Salam International
Centre for Theoretical Physics, SAND group, Trieste, Italy.
- Villa Campolieto, Herculaneum (Naples), Italy
The VESUVIUS 2000 project was launched in 1995 for the purpose of
reducing the number of people living in the close proximity of Mt.
Vesuvius. To properly address the multidimensional nature of the
Vesuvius problem requires the development of global simulation models of
future eruption events, education of the population of volcanic risk,
development of urban planning and socio-economic scenarios for
relocating people, and establishment of living and recreation areas and
economic opportunities at safe distances from the volcano. For this
purpose, an interdisciplinary group of computer simulation experts,
economists, urban planners, sociologists, historians, and volcanologists
was assembled and a work plan was presented to the European Union in 1995
for a support, but this support was declined.
Nevertheless, the objectives of VESUVIUS 2000 project and some of its
results have been presented to the population of the Vesuvius
area and at international scientific meetings through more than 150
seminars and presentations. Recently, some of these objectives have
also been adopted by Regione Campania that is responsible for risk
management in an attempt to "save" the failed evacuation plan, but these objectives cannot
be accomplished without supporting a high level
interdisciplinary technical expertise.
You are invited for a forum in the Vesuvius area on September 2 and 3
to become familiar with a unique project and participate in the solution of
the Vesuvius problem.
High quality contributions will be peer reviewed and published into a
symposium volume shortly after the meeting.
- Vesuvius area territory: geography, social and demographic
structure, volcanic risk educational activities, sociological and
historical perspectives, urban planning.
- Physical modeling of eruption scenarios: magma ascent and magma
chamber dynamics, pyroclastic dispersions, global volcanic simulation,
physical and chemical properties of rocks and melts.
- Past and future eruption scenarios and structure of the volcanic system.
- Risk mitigation strategies based on computer simulations and/or
- Environmental issues: volcanic vs. water, land, and air pollution risks.
- Risk management responsibilities: scientific vs. public perceptions
of risk, roles of scientists and public officials.
- Ruins of Pompeii
- Around Vesuvius and Villa Augustus (Somma Vesuviana)
- Submission of 500-word abstracts to the organizers: by August 1, 2004.
- Notification of abstract acceptance: by August 9, 2004.
- Listing of forum details and abstracts on the Internet
( abstracts - forum 2004 ):
as of July 15, 2004.
- Submission of technical papers: by October 15, 2004.
- Technical sessions and excursions on September 2 and 3, 2004.
registration - forum 2004 )
program - forum 2004 )
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The Vesuvius Problem?