Volcanic Hazards


Aerial surveys utilising hyperspectral technology with aero-magnetic data to classify the volcanic structure at depth, and to better understand and evaluate volcanic hazards. Project led by Dr Gabor Kereszturi (Massey University) as part of Contest 2017, 'Too big to fail? A multidisciplinary approach to predict collapse and debris flow hazard.'

The NHRP volcanology team includes researchers from GNS Science and Massey University, with collaborations throughout NZ and overseas. We also co-lead the DEVORA project with scientists at the University of Auckland. The Platform contributes to the Global Volcano Model and volcanic advisory groups for Taranaki and the Central Plateau.

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"Pyroclastic density currents (PDC) - rapid currents of hot gas and rock- are a lethal phenomena of volcanic eruption. All New Zealand volcanoes can produce PDCs" Dr Gert Lube (Masssey University) on his project, 'Large-scale PDC Hazard Impact Simulations (LINK).'


Research Publications

  • Breard, E.C.P., Dufek, J., Lube, G.(2018) Enhanced Mobility in Concentrated Pyroclastic Density Currents: An Examination of a Self-Fluidization Mechanism. Geophysical Research Letters, 45 (2), pp. 654-664. Available online. 
  • Torres-Orozco R, Cronin SJ, Pardo N, Palmer AS (2018) Volcanic hazard scenarios for multiphase andesitic Plinian eruptions from lithostratigraphy: Insights into pyroclastic density current diversity at Mount Taranaki, New Zealand. GSA Bulletin. Available online.
  • Stirling M et al  (2017) Conceptual Development of a National Volcanic Hazard Model for New Zealand. Frontiers in Earth Science 5:51. doi: 10.3389/feart.2017.00051 Available online.

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Last updated 3 Dec 2018