Science Snap (#15): Big freezes

Originally posted on the EGU blog network Satellite images are not just wonderful for science, they also capture public interest during periods of intense and news grabbing weather. Earlier this month North America was gripped by a prolonged Arctic Chill, plunging the continent into freezing temperatures and smashing temperature records in the process. Consecutive satellite […]

What’s up in Bolivia?

Originally posted on the EGU blog network To many, Bolivia is just an unassuming landlocked country in South America, perhaps most famous for its coca tea obsession and ‘gap yah’ alpaca wool sweaters. But to a number of enthused volcanologists it is a near-perfect playground. In the southwest of the country, sitting at 6008 m […]

Supervisor profile #3: Dr Matt Watson

Dr Matt Watson Senior Lecturer in Natural Hazards PhD (2000) “Remote Sensing of Tropospheric Volcanic Plumes” 1) The Twitter challenge: Describe your PhD in 140 characters (if you can remember it) I used ground- and satellite-based data to quantify volcanic emissions in order to look at volcanic plumbing systems and plume chemistry.

Science Snaps #4: Autumnal revamp

As the first leaves turn to brown and summer wanes out, we thought it was time to spruce up the blog. So, loyal readers, courtesy of our intrepid blog-contributors, here are the new header images for your delectation.

Science Snap (3): Earth’s biggest volcano?

The newly discovered submarine Tamu Massif (pictured below), approximately 1500 km east of Japan, has been proposed as the world’s largest volcano. At ~450 km x 650 km it dwarfs Mauna Loa of Hawaii by a factor of 50 in its spatial extent, and is comparable in size to Olympus Mons on Mars (as well […]

Science snaps (2): Soufrière Saint Vincent

Originally posted on the EGU blog network Soufrière Saint Vincent is youngest volcanic centre on the Caribbean island of St Vincent. A stratovolcano some 1,230m in height, La Soufrière has erupted five times in the last three hundred years, most notably in 1902 when 1,680 people were killed. The explosive volcanism here is the surface […]