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Professor Joachim Gottsmann

Professor Joachim Gottsmann

Professor Joachim Gottsmann
M.Sc.(Erlangen), Ph.D.(Munich)

Professor of Volcanology

Area of research

Volcanology and Geophysics

Office G17
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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+44 (0) 117 954 5422


My prime research interest is the investigation of processes relating to fluid and magma migration and emplacement in the Earth’s crust and the effect on volcanic processes.

I am particularly interested in restless volcanoes and preeruptive processes using multi-parameter datasets including gravity changes and ground deformation. These investigations permit the quantification of mass, density and stress variations at depth, which are employed to shed light on recharge processes in magmatic and/or hydrothermal systems at depth. Modeling of processes which explain observed data provide insights on subsurface dynamics. Another avenue of research is volcanic threat analysis and the study of the perception of volcanic risk in communities affected by volcanic phenomena.
I am also interested in the quantification of physicochemical properties of silicate melts, particularly the thermodynamics of glass-rich flows and the interaction between melt rheology and eruptive processes

My current research is funded by the Royal Society, the Natural Environmental Research Council and the EC.



EASC10002/4 Environmental Hazards

EASCM0010 Research Project; Geology Coordinator


Reader in Research, Univ. Bristol (2012)

Senior Lecturer, Univ. Bristol (2010)

Royal Society University Research Fellow, Univ. Bristol since 11/2005-11/2013

Ramon y Cajal Fellow CSIC, Barcelona (Spain) 2004-5

Marie Curie Fellow at the Open University (UK) 2003-4

PDRA at  the Open University (UK) 2001-3

PhD 2000


EASC10002/4 Environmental Hazards

EASCM0010 Research Project; Geology Coordinator


  • volcano
  • magma
  • eruption
  • ground deformation
  • fluid migration
  • hydrothermal systems
  • potential fields
  • silicate melts
  • thermodynamics
  • numerical modelling
  • numerical simulation

Recent publications

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Professor Gottsmann currently teaches 2 courses:

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