Communication is part of the scientific process. The Observatory has several initiatives to increase the effectiveness of transferring the results of our scientific research to various audiences. This allows us to better communicate with those we collaborate with, including local educators, colleagues in government organizations, and communities that need help understanding natural hazards.

The ultimate goal of relaying scientific information about natural hazards is to encourage knowledge, attitudes, and actions that may reduce societal vulnerability to those hazards.


EOS scientists have a long record of research in West Sumatra. Building on our past efforts, we are now engaged in a collaborative research project in Aceh with the goal of learning about past communication efforts and current public perceptions of earthquake and tsunami risks to improve our future communication strategies.

Newspapers, public presentations, printed manuscripts, and online resources are a few of the media used in communicating science in the 21st century. Visual communication is a more effective way of conveying information to the non-scientific community in a concise manner.

Petrina's documentary photographic series and multimedia investigations provide an artistic and journalistic perspective on the human stories in the regions where scientific research of natural hazards and environmental challenges are ongoing.