Course Objective

Modern volcanology is balanced between the descriptive and quantitative,
and both of these aspects of the science will be emphasized in this
course. There are three basic goals for this class:
(1) We want to understand how volcanoes work: the process part;
(2) We want to be able to reconstruct unseen volcanic eruptions from the
deposits they leave in the field;
(3) We will want to know as much as possible about the hazards volcanoes
form to people.

An additional practical aim of this course is to improve your computer
skills with Microsoft Excel. To this end I have designed some exercises
which will show you how to use Microsoft Excel in it’s most powerful
form: visual basic for applications (VBA). This will be a practical
during the third lecture.

Course Content

Introduction to volcanic explosions and their products; Magma
properties: viscosity, density and volatiles; Non-explosive volcanic
eruptions; Magmatic fragmentation and pyroclastic textures; Eruption
columns and the interpretation of pyroclastic deposits; Volcanic

Teaching Methods

This course consists of 7 lectures in which several subjects related to
volcanology will be discussed. Each lecture is accompanied by a review
paper or chapter from a book that gives an overview of the topics
discussed – you will get more out of the lectures if you read these
papers beforehand.
In addition to following the lectures you will be asked to complete
homework exercises. These should be handed in before the start of the
exam. These exercises are designed to clarify aspects of the lecture
topics, and are also meant to provide a link between the different
lectures. During Lecture 3, the use of Microsoft Visual Basic for
Applications is explained, which is required for some of the exercises

Method of Assessment

The final mark for this course consists of the following components: (1)
homework exercises (25%); written exam (75%).


Encyclopedia of Volcanoes (Sigurdsson et al., 2000). Academic Press,
ISBN 0-12-643140-X.)

Target Audience

Second year MSc students Earth Sciences, tracks Solid Earth, and Second
year MSc students GBL.

General Information

Course Code AM_450061
Credits 3 EC
Period P3
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. P.Z. Vroon
Examiner dr. P.Z. Vroon
Teaching Staff dr. P.Z. Vroon

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Computer lab
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