Simplified modeling method to estimate lava flow

Antonio Costa, Giovanni Macedonio, AGU

This resource provides an abstract. A numerical model that produces early predictions for the projected path of a lava flow was created. The two dimensional model is based on a generalized set of equations to describe lava flow propagation. Using real data from the 1991 1993 Mount Etna eruption in Italy, the model effectively reproduced the actual lava flow. This preliminary result indicates the usefulness of this method for forecasting lava flow paths for risk mitigation and predicting the damage from future eruptions.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Computer Modeling, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Volcanology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work:AGU Highlights
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Petrology, Geophysics