Project Overview

Volcanic impact assessment currently relies on a small dataset sourced from detailed post-event field studies, which are limited in space and time, and in their applicability outside of the study area. We propose to combine detailed in situ observations of impacts with remotely assessed impact at the intermediate (via unmanned aerial vehicle survey) and global (satellite imagery) scale in order to reanalyse the impact of past eruptions and formulate a suite of multi-variate impact models. This method will contribute to a better understanding of processes leading to volcanic impacts and will be applicable for forecasting the consequences of future eruptions.

Project Years

2018, 2019, 2020

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The Team



Principal Investigator


Thomas Wilson, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Matthieu Kervyn, Vrijie Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
William Aeberhard, Dalhouise University, Canada

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