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Measuring the pulse of Bagana volcano

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  • Full or part time
    Prof G Wadge
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    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

Exploratory work on the remote Bagana volcano in Papua New Guinea (Wadge et al., 2012, Geochem. Geophys. Geosystems. 13/11 Q11011) revealed very unusual behaviour. It is extruding a silica-rich lava almost continuously (for decades), and emitting a high flux plume of magmatic gases (one of the largest in the world). In particular, the lava flux is apparently pulsatory over periods of months. The research topic that will be pursued by this student is to use satellite remote sensing to monitor this pulsatory behaviour, determine the relationship between this, the gas flux and the explosivity, and test the value of conceptual models of how this process works. The data streams should be excellent given their strength and continuity. Flux values will be retrieved from the data using Sentinel-1 radar data (using the InSAR technique to measure topography and ground motion) and from sulphur dioxide loadings using the OMI and IASI sensors. The studentship requires someone with a quantitative background, programming skills and an ability to work closely with others. The latter is needed because there will be close collaboration with workers from the British Geological Survey, Cambridge and Oxford Universities. There is the possibility of fieldwork.

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Funding Notes

The studentship is funded by COMET (Natural Environment Research Council). Funding is available to UK students or non-UK EU students who have resided in the UK for at least 3 years. Funding is not available for international students.


Wadge et al., 2012, Geochem. Geophys. Geosystems. 13/11 Q11011

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