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  Prof M Burton  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

This project focusses on the measurement of volcanic gases using airborne drones. Accurate measurement of volcanic gas composition and gas flux provide powerful insights into the natural processes which control precursory, eruptive and post-eruptive volcanic activity. They also underpin our ever-improving understanding on the magnitudes of global volcanic gas emissions, helping to understand global geochemical cycles and climate impacts of eruptions. 

Airborne drones offer enormous opportunities for extending our capacity for conducting volcanic gas measurements and provide a platform for development of new in-situ and remote sensing gas measurement technologies. The aim of this project is to test, demonstrate and utilise novel drone-based gas sensing techniques. This will involve international field trips to active volcanoes. Results from these tests and demonstrations will be used to constrain models of magma ascent, leading to novel scientific papers. 

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How to apply 

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Chemistry (6) Geology (18) Physics (29)

Funding Notes

A self funded project

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