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First field report from Jan Mayen

CGB PhD student Eirik Gjerløw is stationed on Jan Mayen Island for the coming month. Read his first field journal post.

Volcanic eruptions can have wide-spread impacts. Forty years ago the Beerenberg volcano on Jan Mayen island, which was believed to be extinct, surprised scientists by erupting in 1970, 1973 and 1985. With the ash-cloud consequences of the icelandic eruption last year, and the current Chilean erumption, Norwegian authorities are wondering what the risks are currently for a new Beerenberg eruption.

Gjerdløw's PhD project will include identifying potential eruptive cycles, calculating volumes and effusion rates of individual eruptions and modelling of some of the largest eruptive events in order to estimate field hazard potential and risk from future eruptions on the island.

Learn more about his work and follow his field journal.