Modeling volcano deformation
Jessica Johnson (UEA)
Active volcanoes are monitored using geophysical equipment, but in order to understand the signals, models (simple representations) of the subsurface must be used. New finite element analysis software enables more accurate models to be constructed, allowing better understanding and forecasting of volcanic eruptions. This model represents the magma reservoir and associated ground deformation at Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. The research is being conducted at the University of East Anglia on the Norwich Research Park, in collaboration with the US Geological Survey.