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The Organizing Committee in collaboration with the Cities on Volcanoes Commission of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI), the Instituto Geofísico of the Escuela Politécnica Nacional, the Distrito Metropolitano de Quito, and the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) of France, will host the Fourth Cities on Volcanoes Conference from 23 to 27 January 2006 in Quito, Ecuador.

The COV meetings offer an important forum in which volcanologists, urban planners, civil defense, local and regional authorities, the business community, and health specialists can meet and discuss the effects of volcanic eruptions upon society, its infrastructure, and human and economic development, with the intent of identifying and promoting better mitigation methods.

On behalf of the Ecuadorian geophysical/geological community the Instituto Geofísico heartily invite you to participate in this meeting. Please come, share your experiences and ideas, and learn from the recent experiences of eruptions that have taken place in the Ecuadorian Andes.

Ecuador is a country of about 250,000 km 2 , with a population of 13 million, distributed into four geographical provinces—the Sierra, the Amazon lowlands, the coastal plain, and the Galápagos Islands . Its 30 potentially active volcanoes (Map 1) are mostly concentrated in the Sierra and their future eruptions could potentially affect up to 4 million inhabitants. The volcanoes, Guagua Pichincha adjacent to Quito , Tungurahua near the town of Baños , and Reventador, 100 km east of Quito, have all had ongoing eruptive activity since 1999 with dramatic social impacts. The city of Quito , where the meetings will be held, is located in the central Sierra at 2800 meters elevation and enjoys a view of 8 active volcanoes, several glacier-clad. The weather in January is generally dry and pleasant, with temperatures varying between 10 – 25° C during a 24 hr period. However, afternoon thunderstorms may occur in January.


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