2nd Year

Volcano hazard and risk assessment

Description including Unit Aims

The probabilistic approach to volcanic hazard (PVHA) and eruption forecasting; physical modeling of the impact of volcanic eruptions (lava flows, ash dispersal, pyroclastic flows, gas emissions, volcano lakes, mud flows, tsunamis). The conditional PVHA: Eruption scenarios. Effects of eruptions on the health and the environment. The volcanic risk and the role of scientists. Examples from European and International volcanoes.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The goal of this course is to introduce the students to the principles of fluid-dynamics and review the basic physics necessary for understanding the physical models adopted in volcanology. The students will acquire the ability to use existing software and develop new simple models of magma transport and emplacement.

Assessment Information

Oral exam.


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