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Volcanic ash: field, laboratory and numerical investigations of processes during its lifecycle

Objective

Explosive volcanic eruptions are an unavoidable natural hazard: Volcanic ash, the ejected lethal mixture of crystals, lava, glass and older rocks, is the most far-reaching threat. In April 2010, the ash cloud from Eyjafjall volcano in Iceland, a comparatively small event, paralysed large parts of Europe for up to one week in a manner unique in history. The impact was dramatic: several million passengers were grounded due to closed air pace and decelerated or halted industrial production caused several billion Euros of estimated economic loss. This scenario was largely amplified by the quasi-Babylonian lack of understanding and interaction amongst volcanologists, meteorologists,
atmospheric researchers, engineers, private sector and politics.
This eruption was not a singular “accident”: Europe has active volcanoes and is surrounded by others and must be prepared for similar future events. This requires a comprehensive and supra-disciplinary approach to allow for an encompassing mechanistic and quantitative understanding of the physico-chemical processes during the lifecycle of volcanic ash: from formation in a volcano, through changes during the dispersal in the atmosphere to the impacts on life and society.
VERTIGO will address this challenging issue with a unique and innovative portfolio of partners from academia, research institutes and the private sector from eight European countries. We will offer an unmatched platform for research and training for highly-skilled students with a background in geology/volcanology, petrology/chemistry, informatics, biology, toxicology, fluid dynamics and/or engineering. The research-through-training projects for 13 students accomplish the EUROPE2020 strategy for a modern system of education. They will be educated in scientific and transferable skills, spiced with experience in private sector applications, to qualify for career opportunities in academia, research institutes, civil protection and private sector.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/crystals
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/geology/volcanology
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/physical geography/natural disaster
  • /humanities/history and archaeology/history
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/classical mechanics/fluid mechanics/fluid dynamics
  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/toxicology

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Address
Geschwister Scholl Platz 1
80539 Muenchen
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 944 466,05
Administrative Contact
Greta Kueppers (Mrs.)

Participants (9)

JOHANNES GUTENBERG-UNIVERSITAT MAINZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 225 203,88
Address
Saarstrasse 21
55122 Mainz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gabriele Schmiel (Ms.)
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI GEOFISICA E VULCANOLOGIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 487 175,92
Address
Via Di Vigna Murata 605
00143 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sonia Vivanelli (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 235 840
Address
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pierre Delmelle (Prof.)
NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING STIFTELSE
Norway
EU contribution
€ 300 418,36
Address
Instituttveien 18
2027 Kjeller
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Heidi Fjeldstad (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 290 556,64
Address
Stockton Road The Palatine Centre
DH1 3LE Durham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wendy Harle (Ms.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 290 079,46
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lone Taulborg (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PERUGIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 555 375,92
Address
Piazza Dell Universita 1
06123 Perugia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Diego Perugini (Dr.)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 157 349,50
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Rita Lais (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 73 394,97
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lukas Theussl (Dr.)