- Masters of Science Research (MScRes) Geophysics and Seismology - Saint Louis University, USA
- Bachelor or Science (BSc) Applied Geophysics - University of Nevada, Reno, USA
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“Analyzing seismic signals to understand volcanic mass flow emplacement ”
There are many dangers and risks on and around volcanic terrains. People, industry, and agriculture are all affected by the hazards of not only volcanic eruptions and lava flows, but also to volcanic processes such as debris flows, debris avalanches, lahars, etc. Volcanic flows or mass flows can, have, and do destroy, and damage many structures and lives. Predicting and understanding volcanic mass flows, such as lahars, is one of the biggest problems facing researchers in volcanology. Many highly populated areas around the world are in danger of volcanic flows. Being able to predict and sense these flows could be significant in helping save lives in these areas. Research conducted in this area of volcanology requires the collection of geophysical data in real-time from volcanic mass flow events. Through the collection of geophysical and seismological data collected from mass flows, analysis about their location and dynamics may be determined. Another reason for using seismometers is that these instruments can be placed at a distance from the flow channel and still record day or night and in any weather conditions. The distance provides safety to researchers and prevents the instruments from being destroyed. Two emerging methods, amplitude source location (ASL) and active seismic source both show promise not only in determining the dynamics and locating volcanic mass flows after the event, but also in automating the techniques for real time warning and location prediction. Both of these seismological methods will be used to determine the dynamics and location of mass flows around the world.