The MVO works to reduce the impact of volcanic activity in the following ways:
A combination of techniques is used to continuously monitor the Soufri├¿re Hills Volcano (SHV) so as to detect any changes in volcanic activity.
The Observatory provides a base for seismic and volcano research in Montserrat. Scientists conduct research to improve understanding of the SHV and to contribute to the knowledge of volcanic phenomena in general.
Monitoring and research findings are used to provide the Government of Montserrat (GoM) with regular and timely advice so that appropriate decisions can be made to ensure the safety of residents.
The MVO supports local authorities with public education and information programmes on volcanic hazards and appropriate responses during periods of volcanic activity.
The MVO provides scientific advice to GoM for geoscience projects which monitor long-term environmental impacts of the volcano.