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

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.

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)

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JOHANNES GUTENBERG-UNIVERSITAT MAINZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 225 203,88

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI GEOFISICA E VULCANOLOGIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 487 175,92

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 235 840

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING STIFTELSE

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 300 418,36

UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 290 556,64

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 290 079,46

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PERUGIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 555 375,92

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 157 349,50

UNIVERSITAT WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 73 394,97

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 607905

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2014

  • End date

    31 December 2017

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 559 860,70

  • EU contribution

    € 3 559 860,70

Coordinated by:

LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany