• Northumbria University Featured PhD Programmes
  • University of Surrey Featured PhD Programmes
  • University of Glasgow Featured PhD Programmes
  • National University of Singapore Featured PhD Programmes
  • University College London Featured PhD Programmes
  • University of East Anglia Featured PhD Programmes
  • University of Leeds Featured PhD Programmes

Postgrad LIVE! Study Fair


University of Warwick Featured PhD Programmes
University of Glasgow Featured PhD Programmes
Queen’s University Belfast Featured PhD Programmes
University of Surrey Featured PhD Programmes
Bournemouth University Featured PhD Programmes

Measuring the pulse of Bagana volcano

This project is no longer listed in the FindAPhD
database and may not be available.

Click here to search the FindAPhD database
for PhD studentship opportunities
  • Full or part time
    Prof G Wadge
  • Application Deadline
    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.

A full description of the PhD project is available at http://www.met.reading.ac.uk/pg-research/wadge_2016_comet.pdf

To apply, please go to http://www.met.reading.ac.uk/pg-research/pgrapplications.html

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

How good is research at University of Reading in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 75.68

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Click here to see the results for all UK universities

Cookie Policy    X