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Lucas Corna

Lucas Corna


Tertiary education

  • 2016-18
  • (MSc) Magmas & Volcanoes, Université Clermont-Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • 2013-16
  • (BSc) Earth Sciences, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France

Masters Research

Lucas Corna
Vulcano summit and view on the Eolian arc, Italy, September 2017

2017: “What drives the high explosivety of the La Vache et Lassolas subplinian phase (Chaîne des Puys, France)? Insights from a textural analysis of the erupted scoria” Supervisor: Lucia Gurioli

2018: “Force measurement at the bottom of granular flows and implication for volcanic granular flows” Supervisors: Olivier Roche, Siet Van den Wildenberg

PhD Research


“The dynamics of pyroclastic density currents in super-volcano eruptions”

Pyroclastic Density Currents (PDC) are one of the deadliest and most dangerous volcanic hazard. However, these flows possess a high mobility leading to unexpected long runouts which mechanisms are still poorly understood. In the case of super-eruptions, these violent flows can travel tens of kilometres from their source and climb high topographic barriers. Using the exceptionally preserved 232 AD Taupo Ignimbrite, I will use a combination of field mapping and large-scale experiments in the eruption simulator PELE to reproduce these hot flows with natural material. This work seeks to bring new elements in the understanding of large-scale PDCs and to answer one or several of the following questions. What are the fundamental transport and deposition mechanisms of PDCs produced in high-magnitude super-volcano eruptions, and how do they differ from those of smaller-volume? What is the influence of heat on the behaviour of PDCs? How can we model hazard impact of such extreme geohazards, including their ability to surmount terrains, and thus forecast impacts of future eruptions?

Research Interests

Lucas Corna
Stromboli volcano, Italy, September 2017
  • Explosive volcanism and super-eruptions

  • Pyroclastic Density Currents

  • Experimental volcanology

  • Physical and structural Volcanology


    Lucas Corna
    Puy de Dome & Northern part of Chaine des Puys, France, May 2016