Current Projects

The Mt. Paektu Geoscientific Project (2013 – Present)

Summary: From 2013-2015 the MPGG  deployed 6 seismometers for 2 years and collected many geological samples from the Millennium Eruption and other eruptions.  The main aims were to image the magmatic system beneath the volcano and place constraints on the dynamics of the Millennium Eruption and other eruptions.

DPRK organisations involved:

  • Earthquake Administration, DPRK
  • State Academy of Science, DPRK
  • Pyongyang International Information Centre of New Technology and Economy (PIINTEC)

Some highlights:

  • We have published two papers that are jointly authored with our DPRK colleagues. A third publication concerning Mount Paektu was co-authored with our colleagues in PRC. We also published one paper in the AAAS journal Science and Diplomacy documenting our project.
  • We assisted the Earthquake Administration (DPRK) in joining the World Organisation of Volcano Observatories (WOVO) (
  • We assisted the Earthquake Administration (DPRK) in joining the International Seismological Centre (ISC).
  • During the 1-month visit to the UK we organised a 1-day workshop at the Royal Society (its first interaction with the DPRK in its history).  This was attended by a wide section of the UK volcanology community, showcased the progress of the project, and led to lively discussion of the volcanology of Mount Paektu.
  • We facilitated the visit of three DPRK scientists to the Changbaishan workshop in PRC in September 2015, which was also attended by US, UK, PRC and Republic of Korea scientists.
  • With PIINTEC, we organised and hosted a four-day-long international symposium on Mt Paektu, held at the newly-opened Science and Technology Complex in Pyongyang, in August 2016. This was attended by 12 international scientists (three Chinese, five British, two American, one Canadian, one German) and more than 40 DPRK scientists from the Earthquake Administration, State Academy of Sciences, and universities in Pyongyang.
  • We organized and hosted a 10 day workshop and research visit to the UK including visits to the Royal Society, Birkbeck, University of London, University College London, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge and the International Seismological Centre for 7 DPRK and 2 Chinese scientists.
  • Our project has received significant attention from the international media.