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Dr Helen Thomas

Dr Helen Thomas

Dr Helen Thomas
BA (MA), MSc, PhD

NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow

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Volcanic ash is a well-known hazard to aviation with the potential to cause catastrophic engine failure as well as economic damage to airframes. Ash regularly disrupts aviation operations globally, through re-routing and cancellation of flights, airport closures and airframe damage (e.g. in 2009, nine VA incidents reported). The 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull had an enormous impact on aviation and was the impetus for major changes in decision making processes and protocols. The aviation industry suffered considerable losses (~ £1.1bn) and as a result have begun to engage directly with the research community to address the issues. Through a number of research collaborations, links have been built to improve the industry understanding of eruptions, forecasting and monitoring. However, it is evident that there remains a
need to better translate data from research into a format that can inform aviation policy and be used operationally to improve safety and reduce economic risk. My research aims to improve our understanding of the data needs of the aviation industry and translate appropriate research outputs through the facilitation of engagement between aviation stakeholders.



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