From the Physical Volcanology perspective, we integrate geomorphology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, tectonics, petrology, and petrophysics, to study the various phenomena deriving from volcanic eruptions in the past, learn about the eruptive behavior of a particular volcano, and envisage future eruptive scenarios, in order to contribute to disaster prevention. From geophysics/seismology we study the internal configuration of a volcanic system, and from geodesy, we study the deformation of volcanic edifices as a tool for volcanic surveillance. This area aims to improve knowledge on volcanism in different tectonic settings, from the hazard perspective, as well as from the potential related benefits for ecosystems and the human society. Applications envisage risk mitigation, environmental geology, geoarchaeology, paleoclimatology, social geology, hydrogeology, geotechnical engineering, mechanics of materials, and resource exploration.
Faculty: Natalia Pardo, Jean Baptiste Tary, Jill Pearse.