International borders pose a variety of challenges when it comes to mitigating potentially disastrous environmental threats. One of the more significant threats involves volcanoes and the failure of neighbouring countries to effectively communicate across borders regarding warning systems and timely research.
Dr Amy Donovan is an expert advisor on low-probability and high-impact scenarios. She is involved in a project on the active volcano Mount Paektu located on the Chinese and North Korean border. The project facilitates conversations between China and North Korea and builds links with the research community in North Korea, informing local scientists of up-to-date prediction and monitoring methods.
Donovan’s research has led to her advising on other transborder natural disaster mitigation projects, helping to identify the need for a streamlined warning system to monitor almost 100 volcanoes found along the Argentinean/Chilean border.