Alan Linde Speaks at Volcano Deformation and Magmatic Processes field program in Iceland

Alan Linde
Iceland. (Photo Credit: Alan Linde, DTM, 2014)
Wednesday, October 08, 2014 

In August 2014, the Numerical, Experimental and stochastic Modeling of vOlcanic processes and Hazard (NEMOH) field school in South Iceland invited one of the leading researchers on the use of strain meters in earthquake and volcanic activity detection, Alan Linde, to discuss his work on strain meters.

The NEMOH Field School’s program on Volcano Deformation and Magmatic Processes, held on 22-29 August 2014, aided early stage researchers and Ph.D. students in their understanding of techniques for measuring volcano deformation and interpreting results through modeling by deploying them on field trips to Mt. Hekla and other volcanic zones in eastern and western Iceland.

The head of the program, Freysteinn Signudsson, invited Linde to discuss his work on borehole strain measurements and interpretation.

“I included an overview of the various types of instruments in use around the world, some information about how the instruments are installed and some case studies (Montserrat, Hekla, and Izu-Oshima in Japan) showing why these data are a valuable addition to other types of deformation monitoring,” said Linde.

During the program, students experienced real-time volcanic monitoring when Bárðarbunga, a volcano located under Iceland’s most extensive glacier Vatnajokull, started to act up.  

Signudsson was in frequent contact with the people monitoring Bárðarbunga in Reykjavik, enabling him to give progress reports to the students several times a day. On the final day of the program, the volcanic fissure occured.

Click here to view photos from the trip.