651-4032-00L  Volcanology

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersB. Ellis
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


651-4032-00 VVolcanology28s hrs
Tue/110:15-12:00NO E 39 »
Thu/116:15-18:00CLA E 4 »
B. Ellis

Catalogue data

AbstractThis course will discuss the processes occurring from magma generation to eruption, covering topics such as magma formation, storage, movement, evolution, ascent in conduit and eruption dynamics. The course will also discuss deposits, and will prepare students to take the volcanology field course. Finally, an introduction on volcanic hazards and volcano monitoring will be presented.
ObjectiveAfter completion of this course the students should have a good understanding of the dynamics of volcanic systems, from source to surface. The students should understand the main steps involved in generating volcanic activity on Earth, to interpret the depositional processes operating during volcanic eruptions. There will be an emphasis on interpreting volcanic deposits and the role they can play in understanding depositional processes. Students should also be able to discuss potential hazards related to a given volcanic phenomena.
ContentDuring the course, the following topics are covered:
- Basics of physical volcanology
- Physical properties of magmas
- The role of volatiles in volcanic eruptions
- Fragmentation processes
- Explosive volcanism – dynamics and deposits
- Effusive volcanism – lava flows
- Monitoring techniques used at active volcanoes
- Volcanic hazards

Some of these modules are accompanied by exercises
Lecture notesPresentation slides will be handed out
LiteraturePapers from the literature will be provided
Prerequisites / NoticeSome previous courses in igneous / hard rock geology would be helpful.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersB. Ellis
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationA series of 4 exercises throughout the course dealing with 1) conduit modelling, 2) Geological mapping, 3) structural analysis and interpretation of volcanic deposits, and 4) a funding proposal for research.

Making a poster to describe the volcanic history and specific interests of a volcano chosen by the students

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