Volcanology at Liverpool
  • Understanding magma transport and eruptions
  • Enabling a new integrated volcano monitoring strategy
  • Understanding fluid flow in active geothermal areas
  • Providing quantitative constraints for hazard assessment models

The Volcanology research group at the University of Liverpool is one of the most innovative and interdisciplinary volcanology research groups in Europe.

Research aims to constrain fundamental magmatic and volcanic processes, actively integrating field investigations, volcano monitoring, combined textural, thermal and magnetic analysis and pioneering experimental studies to provide an answer to the signals that accompany magma transport and its eruptions onto the Earth surface. Research themes include:

  • Quantifying the evolution of dykes during magma transport in the crust;
  • Constraining the processes underlying the signals monitored during volcanic unrest;
  • Describing the rheology of magma and its control on volcanic eruption style;
  • Quantifying fluid flow in rocks and magmas to understand active volcanic, geothermal and hydrothermal systems;
  • Monitoring the uptake, dissolution and transport of volatiles in silicate melts and glasses;
  • Testing material response to disequilibrium conditions in volcanic conduits;
  • Establishing frictional models during seismogenic faulting;
  • Constraining caldera collapse dynamics and volcanic edifice stability;
  • Quantifying the properties of pyroclastic density currents;
  • Testing the behaviour of volcanic ash during ingestion in jet engines.

Close collaborations with volcano observatories in Mexico, the United States of America, Montserrat, Japan, Guatemala, Ecuador, and Iceland foster the integration of our research into daily interpretation of signals monitored at active volcanoes worldwide.