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Volcanology studies the processes occurring on and underneath volcanoes to inform volcanic hazard assessments and risk evaluations and emergency management planning. We aim to develop and integrate ongoing scientific advancements in volcanology within practical risk-management strategies in New Zealand and Southwest Pacific communities, business enterprises and government agencies.
We combine records of volcanic events from detailed physical volcanology and geochemical studies with innovative statistical techniques to develop time-varying volcanic hazard forecasts.
Our volcanic mass flows research involves computational modelling and simulations, developing new tools and techniques to measure the physical properties and provide warnings of moving mass flows, as well as detailed sedimentological studies of mass flows.
We combine studies of volcanic rocks, from their structure and origin to their unique chemical signatures, with physical volcanology to give insights into the processes driving volcanic eruptions.
Based on our scientific discoveries, we model the economic impacts of volcanism and the impacts on lifelines infrastructure, as well as the impacts on human health and agriculture.
We specialise in participatory methods and risk perception research, and the development of scenarios and training tools.
Volcanic Risk Solutions is Massey's multidisciplinary centre for applied volcanic hazard and risk managment research.
Dr Jonathan Procter (Muaupoko, Ngai Tahu) and Dr Tai Black are leading work on the NZ Natural Hazards Platform with Landcare and Ngāti Rangi at Ohakune. Māori communities at risk will benefit from improved monitoring, planning and managing of risk from natural hazards.
For more information about our research activity, select individual researchers' names below.
Professor Mark Bebbington
Dr Gert Lube
Associate Professor Karoly Nemeth
Dr Jonathan Procter
Associate Professor Georg Zellmer
Associate Professor Bob Stewart
Professor Emeritus Vince Neall
Dr Kate Arentsen
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Last updated on Friday 05 January 2018