Volcanology Facilities

Volcanology at University of Liverpool is a rapidly growing research group. Research conducted by the group is greatly enhanced by our state-of-the-art equipment, hosted in the Jane Herdman and Harrison Hughes buildings. A range of monitoring, analytical, experimental and analogue equipment provide a cutting-edge facility in which to conduct research in volcanology. For full details of our facilities click the links below, persons interested in visiting are encouraged to contact the relevant staff directly.

Thermal Analysis Laboratory: Forming the foundations of the experimental volcanology group, this laboratory hosts high-temperature thermo-analytical equipment for understanding the kinetic and physio-chemical processes occurring in melts and magmas.

Experimental Volcanology Laboratory: A central hub to the mechanical, geophysical and rheological investigation of volcanic materials, this laboratory contains tools for physical characterisation, rock mechanics and high-temperature deformation and is one of the largest facilities of its kind.

Friction Laboratory: Focusing on friction of intact volcanic rocks and gouge, this facility presents a unique opportunity to investigate the continuum of magma flow through to fault slip under controlled conditions.

Mechanical and Geological Model Analogues (MAGMA) Laboratory: A key aspect for volcanological research, this laboratory facilitates the preparation, running and monitoring of geological analogue experiments.

Rheometry Laboratory: This laboratory is for quantification of physical properties of analogue fluids and suspensions.

Rock Preparation and Microscopy Facilities: Across the department rock preparation tools allow the production of samples for all experiments, and facilities exist for optical microscopy and imaging for dedicated use in the volcanology group.

Volcano Monitoring: Integral to all volcanology studies, our range of geophysical and observational monitoring equipment and field tools enable a diverse and thorough understanding of volcanic activity from unrest, lava effusion and persistent activity through to catastrophic eruption.

The volcanology group collaborate with other groups within School of Environmental Sciences and the School of Engineering at the University of Liverpool, and utilise facilities including the Geomagnetism Laboratory, EBSD-SEM Electron Microscopy Laboratory and Rock Deformation Laboratory.