Field work: research on the La Palma eruption
In collaboration with:
Dr Katy Chamberlain, lecturer in geoscience at Teesside University, UK.
Jaime Coello Bravo, Director of Telesforo Bravo Foundation.
Dr Alvaro Márquez, Mineralogy and Petrology department, Complutense University of Madrid.
During two weeks, students on Programme B will be conducting field work in La Palma on our original research follow-up, including a stratigraphy to study how the recently-erupted ash is impacting on the ground in a variety of settings; a topographic study to determine how the recent lava flows have altered the orography and an ongoing volcanic risk assessment. In order to have a good overview, we will work with a local drone pilot who collaborates with GeoTenerife.
Dr Katy Chamberlain is a lecturer in geoscience at Teesside University, UK. She is a volcanologist and petrologist who studies how crystals can tell us about the pre- and syn-eruptive magmatic processes that lead to eruptions of magmas. By combining detailed study of the composition and textures of crystals erupted in volcanic events with detailed observations of the deposits we can couple eruptive changes with subsurface magma system dynamics. She is currently PI of a NERC-funded urgency grant working on the petrology of the 2021 Cumbre Vieja eruption on La Palma, where they are investigating how the magmas erupted evolved throughout the 3-month long eruption.
Dr Alvaro Marquez is a full professor in the department of Mineralogy and Petrology in the Geology Faculty of the Complutense University of Madrid. He has been the director of several doctoral thesis and co-author of numerous papers on the volcanism and hydrology of the Canary Islands.
Jaime Coello Bravo is an environmentalist and director of the Telesforo Bravo-Juan Coello Foundation. The latter is dedicated to research and training in Earth Sciences especially in the Canary Islands and other volcanic territories; the dissemination of the great natural and environmental worth of the Canaries (particularly its geological value) with particular emphasis on the relationships between the nature of volcanic island and societies that inhabit them; and developing initiatives to assist in the preservation of the geological heritage and geodiversity of volcanic islands.