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The impact of volcanic Eruption on the Environment
Date/Time
Date(s) - 12/03/2024
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Location
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
Physics Department Clarendon Laboratory University of Oxford
Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3PU


United Kingdom

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Registration Link
https://iop.eventsair.com/iveeoi2023/register


In 2015 over 1 billion people (14.3% of the world’s population) lived within 100 km of a volcano that has erupted during the Holocene. However, those living further away are not immune from volcanic effects. For example, the 2010 eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano had a huge impact on air travel, with over 300 airports in approximately 25 countries, and a correspondingly large airspace, closed in Europe during 15-21 April 2010. Over 100,000 flights were cancelled over that week, affecting 7 million passengers, and resulting in $1.7 billion USD in lost revenue to airlines.

This joint Institute of Physics ‘Environmental Physics Group’ Day and Royal Meteorological Society event will bring together experts in the impacts of volcanic eruptions; including local air quality, atmospheric composition, aviation and climate change. Through a series of talks the day will provide valuable insights and observations regarding the impact of volcanic eruptions on the environment. The day will start with an overview of volcanic processes and effects before three focussed sessions on: Local Volcanic Effects; Volcanic Changes to Atmospheric Composition and Climate; and Volcanic Effects on Aviation. The day will end with a look at the future of volcanic monitoring and hazard warning.

The EPG Day is being organised jointly with the Royal Meteorological Society by Dr Helen Rogers (Chair of the EPG); Dr Natalie Harvey (EPG Committee Member), and Prof. Don Grainger (University of Oxford), and will bring together experts on the impact of volcanic eruptions; including the impact on local air quality, atmospheric composition, aviation, and climate change.

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