The Volcano Alarm: Anticipating Eruptions


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The Volcano Alarm: Anticipating Eruptions

June 16, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Join us online for a conversation about volcanoes, their impact on our climate system, and on the over 800 million people who live within reach of potentially catastrophic volcanic eruptions and how much more there is to learn. The Speakers: Einat Lev is a Lamont Associate Research Professor at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, where she started as a postdoctoral fellow in 2009. Einat holds a BSc in Geophysics and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University and a PhD in Geophysics from MIT. She investigates the fluid mechanics and physical processes controlling volcanic eruptions, illuminating how the complex properties of magma and lava, along with variable eruption conditions, play a role on the outcome of eruptions. Her research relies on a range of research methods, primarily numerical modeling, fluid mechanics experiments using materials analogous to magma and lava, field surveys, and aerial photography. In addition to publishing in scientific journals, she has written for popular science blogs and radio interviews. Einat is passionate about science education and strives to bring the insights from basic research into applications that benefit society, and to expand the reach of science education to all sections of society. Terry Plank is the Arthur D. Storke Memorial Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. She is a geochemist who studies magmas associated with the plate tectonic cycle and is known for her studies of subduction zones: the inputs on the ocean floor, the temperatures attained beneath volcanoes, the melting process in the mantle, and the water contents of magmas before they erupt. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in earth sciences, and earned her doctorate from Columbia University in 1993. Plank received the Houtermans Medal from the European Association for Geochemistry, the Donath Medal from the Geological Society of America, and is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Geochemical Society, the Geological Society of America, and the Mineralogical Society of America. In 2012 she was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. The Earth Institute at Columbia University is the world leader in interdisciplinary climate and sustainability research, policy and teaching. Under the directorship of pioneering geochemist Alex Halliday, PhD, the Earth Institute brings together a community of earth and environmental scientists, economists, lawyers, public health specialists and business and policy experts to seek solutions to the planet’s most pressing challenges.

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