Seismic Research Centre
University of the West Indies
Introduction to Volcanology part of Cutting Edge:Course Design:Goals Database
The course will introduce students to Plate tectonics and volcanoes; including the processes that takes place at active volcanoes (eruptive mechanisms, effusive and explosive volcanism); methods and instrumentation used to study them; the hazards of different types of eruptions (hazards assessment, integrated hazard mapping, risk communication, and the complex challenges of scientist being involved in the response to a crisis or eruption). It will examine volcano geology (including petrology), and volcanism in the Eastern Caribbean (including economic aspects). Practical course work will include an autopsy of a volcanic crisis, and field exercises.