Advanced Operations Centre (Coa)

During the eruption of the volcano Stromboli in 2003, the Department of Civil Protection establishes on the island the Advanced Operations Centre (Coa), located in the upper part of the village, behind the church of San Vincenzo.

The aim is to support scientific and operational functions and form a nucleus in place for monitoring and evaluation in emergency. The centre collects the signals from the monitoring networks installed on the island and managed by the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology and the University of Florence.

During an emergency, the COA welcomes staff of the Department of Civil Protection, the various operating structures and the scientific community, and is ready to take on real-time decisions on mitigation of volcanic risk to public safety