skip to content

Department of Earth Sciences

Photo of volcanic ash plume

Understanding natural hazards and how they can impact communities is key to mitigating damage


Geohazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides and tsunami continue to have devastating effects on populations, landscapes and economies around the world.  Alongside partners in industry and academia, we work to understand the physics of geohazards in order to reduce disaster risk.


Building community resilience to earthquakes

Cambridge Earth Sciences is one of the lead institutions behind Earthquakes without Frontiers, an international collaboration between natural science, social science and education to increase resilience to earthquakes in Asian countries, protecting lives and property. Read more here.

Using drones to forecast volcanic eruptions

How can drones help us forecast eruptions? Cambridge volcanologists have been using specially adapted drones to monitor the remote & hazardous volcano Manam, Papua New Guinea. Read more here.

Tracking the risks of volcanic metal pollution to communities

Metal pollution emitted from volcanoes can pose a significant risk to communities living in volcanic areas. Research from Cambridge volcanologists helps us understand the chemical risks of the Kīlauea 2018 eruption, and inform decisions to protect communities. Read more here.

Educating the next generation of scientists

Our researchers have prepared a series of teaching activities, including hands-on experiments and online activities to help students explore volcanoes and earthquakes, as well as a series of profiles on what it means to be a Volcano Seismologist. Find teaching resources here.