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Cambridge Volcano Seismology


Exploring Earthquakes and Eruptions in Iceland


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What we do:

Cambridge Volcano Seismology group explores many applications of volcano seismology, from what we can learn about movement of magma in the earth's crust and rift zone dynamics, to the very structure of the earth itself. Our current research focus is central Iceland where we operate an extensive seismic array.

Most recently this network captured a 46 km magmatic intrusion from the Bárðarbunga volcano to the Holuhraun lava field, which resulted in a spectacular 6-month fissure eruption.


Meet the Scientists:

Bob White  (Professor of Geophysics, Geodynamics and Tectonics) - Studying rifting and volcanism in Iceland.

Tim Greenfield  (Post Doctoral Research Associate) - Studying the microseismicity and velocity structure of the Askja volcanic system.

Rob Green (Post Doctoral Research Associate) - Studying the seismicity and velocity structure of the rift zones in Iceland.

Thorbjorg Agustsdottir (PhD Student) - Studying the seismicity accompanying the Bardarbunga-Holuhraun dyke intrusion in Iceland in 2014-15.

Jenny Jenkins (PhD Student) - Investigating the structure of the deep earth beneath Iceland to understand the underlying causes of Icelandic volcanism. 

Jenny Woods (PhD Student) - Studying the earthquake source mechanisms of seismicity accompanying the Bardarbunga-Holuhraun dyke intrusion in Iceland in 2014-15.

Clare Donaldson (PhD Student) - Studying velocity variations of the upper crust at volcanoes (Bardarbunga, Iceland and Kilauea, Hawai'i) using ambient seismic noise.

Tom Hudson (PhD Student) - Using seismicity to study sub-glacial processes under the Vatnajökull Glacier, Iceland, and studying possible interactions of the Bárdarbunga volcanic system with the glacier.

Jonathan Smith (PhD Student) - Studying deformation and microseismicity of the Groningen gas reservoir in the Netherlands.

Corentin Caudron (Research Fellow) -  Investigating the dynamics of the 2010 Eyjafjallajokull eruption and 2014-15 Bardarbunga-Holuhraun dyke intrusion using seismic noise.



Key Publications:





Earth Sciences at Cambridge

Saturday 22 September 2018: A one-day conference bringing together international scientists to mark 200 years since Adam Sedgwick was appointed to the Woodwardian Chair of Geology.

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