Leeds Geological Association

Lecture Abstract

A summary of the forthcoming lecture


Title: The Environmental Consequences of Volcanism

Speaker: Dr Evgenia Ilyanskaya, Earth and Environment, University of Leeds

Date: Thursday 9th May 2019

Time: 7:15

Location: Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre (Michael Sadler Building)

Meeting Details

Over 800 million people live within 100km of active volcanoes where they can be exposed to multiple volcanic hazards. While some hazards are well recognized, such as ash-rich explosions which can ground air traffic, or pyroclastic flows which can bury cities, there is a wider hazard posed by volcanic emissions of gas and aerosol which is under-researched, and generally absent from risk management strategies. For example, the emissions from the Laki eruption in Iceland 1783-1784 led to the loss of ~90% of Iceland's livestock, while ~20% of its population died from famine and disease. Masaya volcano in Nicaragua has been degassing for many centuries, preventing subsistence farming and contributing to poverty in the area. Dr Ilyanskaya will present research on this 'unseen' hazard from several volcanoes around the world and discuss efforts to address it.

Volcano - Iceland

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available after the lecture.

Visitors are welcome to attend.

If travelling by car please be aware that the University have introduced a charge for parking on campus during the evening. See http://carparking.leeds.ac.uk/visitors for further details.

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