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Brendan McCormick

Brendan  McCormick

Research Associate


Downing Site - Room No. M30
Downing Street

Office Phone: +44 (0) 1223 333424


The majority of Brendan’s research has involved the use of satellite remote sensing to study longterm trends in volcanic sulfur dioxide gas emissions, from individual volcanoes and on the regional/global scale. After completing his doctorate at the University of Cambridge (with particular attention to emissions from volcanoes in Papua New Guinea and Ecuador, and the use of the Ozone Monitoring Instrument), Brendan spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program, co-funded by the Deep Carbon Observatory. Since returning to Cambridge, he has undertaken work to reconcile satellite observations of syn-eruptive gas emissions and geodesy as part of the NERC-funded Centre for Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics. Brendan is currently working on data and samples acquired during a month-long field campaign in September to several volcanoes and geothermal fields in Papua New Guinea.

Key Publications

E Ilyinskaya, A Schmidt, TA Mather, FD Pope, C Witham, PJ Baxter, T Johansson, S Barsotti, M Pfeffer, A Singh, P Sanderson, B Bergsson, B McCormick Kilbride, A Donovan, NJ Peters, C Oppenheimer, M Edmonds. "Understanding the environmental impacts of large fissure eruptions: Aerosol and gas emissions from the 2014-2015 Holuhraun eruption (Iceland)". accepted by Earth and Planetary Science Letters

B McCormick Kilbride, M Edmonds, J Biggs, 2017, "Observing eruptions of gas-rich compressible magmas from space", Nature Communications 7

B McCormick, C Popp, B Andrews, E Cottrell, 2016, "Ten years of satellite observations reveal highly variable sulphur dioxide emissions at Anatahan Volcano, Mariana Islands", Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 120 (14), 7258-7282

BT McCormick, M Herzog, J Yang, M Edmonds, TA Mather, SA Carn, S Hidalgo, B Langmann, "A comparison of satellite‐and ground‐based measurements of SO2 emissions from Tungurahua volcano, Ecuador", Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 119 (7), 4264-4285

BT McCormick, M Edmonds, TA Mather, R Campion, CSL Hayer, HE Thomas, SA Carn, "Volcano monitoring applications of the Ozone Monitoring Instrument", Geological Society, London, Special Publications 380 (1), 259-291

BT McCormick, M Edmonds, TA Mather, SA Carn, "First synoptic analysis of volcanic degassing in Papua New Guinea", Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 13 (3)

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