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Hello and welcome to my webpage.
Volcanic eruptions have a significant potential to affect the climate system, environment and society. Our knowledge of their impacts, and the underlying cause-and-effect mechanisms is, however, far from complete. Volcanologists are aware of the consequences of historic Icelandic volcanic eruptions - the prime example being the 1783-1784 AD Laki eruption, which caused extreme environmental stress and led to increased mortality not only in Iceland but also in many parts of Europe. I am therefore researching the impacts of these large-scale Icelandic eruptions. I address fundamental physical processes driving the impact of these eruptions on the environment and the climate system using a Global Aerosol Model (GLOMAP) developed at the University of Leeds.
I carry my acquired knowledge forward by bridging the gap between volcanology, atmospheric science and epidemiology to quantify the potential hazard of a future Laki-style Icelandic eruption - a so-called "low-probability, high impact volcanic event" - for modern-day society. My results indicate that such a volcanic air pollution event would be a severe health hazard, increasing mortality in Europe by > 140,000 additional fatalities, which exceeds mortality due to seasonal influenza. I also show that such an event could pose a severe hazard to commercial aviation in Europe, particularly as a consequence of its SO2 emissions with implications for policy-makers, governmental bodies and the aviation industry.
If you want to learn more about my research feel free to have a look in the section "my research".
I received the 2016 William Smith Fund from the Geological Society of London, UK.
I am the 2015 recipient of the IAVCEI George Walker Award for volcanology.
We published a Nature Geoscience article on the environmental effects of magmatic sulfur from continental flood basalt eruptions.
I am one of the editors of the book Volcanism and Global Environmental Change.
Dr. Anja Schmidt
phone: +44 (0) 113 34 36429
Our new book Volcanism and Global Environmental Change
|Visiting Eyjafjallajökull in August 2012.|