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Volcanic Ash in the Earth System: Generation, Dispersal, Consequences

Workshop organized by Prof. Donald Bruce Dingwell, Ph.D. (CAS Research Group/LMU) and Dr. Ulrich Küppers (LMU).

09.05.2019 – 10.05.2019

Earth is a living planet. The geological proof is the presence of active volcanism at its surface. On Earth, volcanism exhibits an extraordinary variety of phenomena ranging from minor lava flows to globally relevant explosions. The explosivity of eruptions can generate up to thousands of cubic kilometres (dense rock equivalent) of finely divided magma fragments = volcanic ash. Understanding this extraordinary process as well as understanding its consequences for the Earth system (environment, climate, infrastructure, health) is the subject of this conference.

Questions to be addressed include:

    • How does magma degas?
    • How does magma break? How does broken magma heal?
    • What controls the chemical reactivity of volcanic ash?
    • How well can we monitor/predict ash cloud dispersal?
    • What are the meteorological effects of volcanic ash?
    • What are the infrastructural consequences of volcanic ash?

Participants among others: Ana Silvia Casas (LMU), María Alejandra Arciniega Ceballos (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico/CAS Fellow), Corrado Cimarelli (LMU), Antonio Costa (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Bologna/CAS Fellow), Karen Holmberg (NYU), Bruce F. Houghton (University of Hawaiʻi), Adrian Hornby (LMU), Michael James (Lancaster University), Bärbel Langmann (Universität Hamburg), Nsikanabasi Silas Umo (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie), Wenjia Song (LMU), Jacopo Taddeucci (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Rom), Fabian Wadsworth (Durham/CAS Fellow).

Location and Registration

CAS, Seestraße 13, 80802 München

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