UoB BMVP Martyn Unsworth Public Lecture: Using geophysics to look inside volcanoes and understand future eruptions

13 April 2018, 3.30 PM - 13 April 2018, 5.30 PM

Martyn Unsworth

Reynolds Lecture Theatre, G25 Wills Memorial Building

UoB Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Martyn Unsworth (University of Alberta) will give a public lecture entitled: Using geophysics to look inside volcanoes and understand future eruptions.

Prof Unsworth writes: "Volcanic eruptions have a major impact on both the natural environment and on people living around them. Understanding eruptions requires that we locate the magma underground  before it erupts. This can be achieved using geophysical studies that transmit sound waves and radio waves into the Earth. In this talk I will describe some University of Alberta geophysical studies of volcanoes in the Andes and Antarctica, and will explain how they help us understand both present and future eruptions."


Martyn Unsworth is a geophysicist who use electromagnetic methods to study a broad range of geological and tectonic processes. This has included studies of mid-ocean ridges, subduction zones and continent-continent collisions, with recent field studies in the Andes, Tibetan Plateau, Western Canada and Antarctica. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1991 and has since held positions at the University of British Columbia, University of Washington and the University of Alberta.

All welcome. The talk will be followed by a drinks reception. 

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Eruption of Volcan Sabancaya in Peru in 2017

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Gas plume at Mount Erebus, Antarctica in 2015

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Martyn Unsworth working at Mount Erebus, Antarctica in 2015