The RiftVolc project follows on from a number of major research activities in the Ethiopian rift over the past twenty years which have involved collaborators from Ethiopia, Europe and the United States. These include:
Afar Rift Consortium (2007 – 2012) with a focus on the Afar region of northern Ethiopia
EAGLE – the Ethiopian Afar Geoscientific Lithospheric Experiment (2003 – 2007)
GeoPrisms – East African Rift System Primary Site, a part of the NSF-funded GeoPrisms programme.