My name is John A Stevenson. I am a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Geosciences at Edinburgh University, UK. I am funded (through the Royal Society of Edinburgh) by the Scottish Government and Marie-Curie Actions to explore the types of volcanic eruption and weather conditions that can result in ash from Icelandic volcanoes being deposited in Scotland and across Northern Europe. You can read more about my project or find my contact details on my research pages.
I have set up this blog to explain my work, and aspects of volcanology in general, to a wider audience. The taxpayer has funded my training and work, and so it is only fair that they can share the results without having to trawl through academic journals. Expect posts about all aspects of volcanology, from climate-changingly-huge explosive eruptions to microscopically-tiny ash grains. Much of the work relates to volcanoes beneath snow/glaciers and to eruptions in Iceland. I also want to post about the tools and the methods of modern volcanology, to explain how we know what we know.
Computers are an extremely important tool. They are used to collect and process data from instruments such as seismometers, to analyse maps and satellite images, to run simulations to predict the likely outcomes of future eruptions, and much more. Some of these methods will be discussed in the blog. In particular, I do nearly all my work with free and open source software (FOSS). This has many advantages, including being able to work anywhere and share techniques with anyone. I will post about tips and tricks about FOSS in science and geology here as I find them.
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