School of Earth and Environment

2018: Prof Kathy Cashman

Abstract:  “One of the most challenging problems in Earth Sciences is to “see” into the Earth. This problem is particularly important in Volcanology, where our assumptions about what lies below a volcano shape the ways in which we interpret precursory signals of volcanic eruptions, forecast the nature of eruptive activity, and develop long-term hazard assessments of volcanic regions. In this talk I will review ways in which our assumptions about sub-volcanic systems have changed over the past decade, and how those changes affect the ways which we approach volcanic hazard assessment. Although I will touch on information provided by geophysics and geodesy, my focus will be on what I like to call “reverse engineering” of material erupted from volcanoes, which provide direct evidence for subvolcanic structures and processes.”

Kathy with the School of Earth and Environment after 2018's inaugural Green Lecture
Photograph of Kathy Cashman with the School of Earth and Environment