Impacts and dynamics of volcanically-generated jökulhlaups, Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland

Welcome

Welcome to our research project ‘Impacts and dynamics of volcanically-generated jökulhlaups, Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland’. We aim to improve understanding of volcanogenic jökulhlaup (glacier outburst flood) impacts and processes by examining the impact of the April 2010 jökulhlaups generated by the Eyjafjallajökull subglacial volcanic eruption.

This project was funded by a NERC ‘Urgency’ award which enabled us to acquire post-jökulhlaup field data from the Gígjökull proglacial area and the Markarfljót for comparison with our pre-eruption (March, 2010) topographic datasets. We therefore have an unprecedented and unique opportunity to quantify the geomorphological and sedimentary characteristics of a series of jökulhlaups and to use these to inform and validate our reconstructions of the hydrodynamic characteristics of the 2010 volcanogenic jökulhlaups at Eyjafjallajökull.

Contact Us

To find out more about our project please contact:

Andy Russell
Professor of Physical Geography
School of Geography, Politics & Sociology
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 7RU

Tel.: + 44 (0)191 208 6951
Fax: + 44 (0)191 208 5421
Email: Andy.Russell@ncl.ac.uk
Twitter: @Floodpower

Our research will directly inform agencies responsible for risk communication and risk education in Iceland. Our research is of interest to the international volcanic and flood hazard research community and our detailed knowledge of process-form relations at Eyjafjallajökull provides a modern analogue for Quaternary and older volcano-glacial sedimentary systems.

The following pages will introduce you to the project and update you on our research outputs and reports from our stakeholder workshop:
Icelandic  http://www.vedur.is/um-vi/frettir/nr/2253
English http://en.vedur.is/about-imo/news/2011/nr/2251
If you have any questions or comments about the project or this website please do not hesitate to contact me.

Prof. Andy Russell

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