THE ENVIRONMENT DIVISION

ITER’s environment division was established in 1997 with the main aim of improving the management of volcanic risk in the Canary Islands and other at-risk regions – such as Japan, Papua New Guinea, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Cape Verde, Italy, Ecuador and the Azores – through the advancement of scientific knowledge, cooperation, training and public awareness initiatives.

In parallel to this line of research, this division conducts activities in the areas of underground water resources and environmental quality, more specifically the testing and analysis of air pollutants using optical remote sensors.

Other research areas include earthquake monitoring and prediction using geochemical techniques, as well as the exploration of geothermal resources using geochemical methods.

Noteworthy too is this division’s important work to bring science and volcanoes closer to society through science and public awareness programmes, including “Living Planet Radio”, “Teleplanet” and “The Canaries: A volcanic window in the Atlantic”.

FEATURED

Project Volriskmac

Volriskmac

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Strengthening of R+D capacities for the monitoring of volcanic activity in the Macaronesia region.

Project MAC Interreg Territorial Cooperation Programme 2014-2020
Project VERTEGAS

VERTEGAS

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Estimation of the diffuse emission of methane into the atmosphere from landfills and creation of a standardised service to determine these emissions

Project PROCIVMAC

PROCIVMAC

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Environmental management for the prevention of natural disasters in the municipalities of the Macaronesian region

Project volcanCALLE

volcanCALLE

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Travelling exhibition, open to the public, with the aim of raising public awareness about volcanic activity and society's role in managing volcanic risk.

Project TELEPLANETA

TELEPLANETA

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Television program about science, technology and natural hazards developed in collaboration with the national public broadcaster (RTVE).

Project HeGEOTERMIA

HeGEOTERMIA

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The application and use of helium gas geochemistry in ground-surface atmosphere for the purpose of geothermal exploration.

Project geochemTAAL

geochemTAAL

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Early warning system of the Taal volcano by means of a geochemical monitoring programme of the diffuse flux of CO2 and H2S.