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My project focusses on the eruptive activity of Volcan de Fuego, an active stratovolcano in southern Guatemala. Fuego is very frequently active and exhibits a wide range of eruptive styles, from gentle degassing to effusive eruptions to violent, explosive paroxysms. Since 2015, Fuego has displayed a repeating cycle of activity (~30 days per cycle) in which summit explosions increase in intensity, and are eventually accompanied by lava effusion before a paroxysm occurs. Through analysis of data obtained from ground-based thermal infrared remote sensing, I am attempting to determine possible trigger mechanisms for Fuego's paroxysms. Theoretically, a better understanding of trends in volcanic behaviour will inform hazard mitigation measures in surrounding communities that are vulnerable to Fuego's activity.

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Research Output

  • 5 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 1 Conference Abstract

Fireside tales: understanding experiences of previous eruptions among other factors that influence the decision to evacuate from eruptive activity of Volcán de Fuego

Naismith, A., Armijos, M. T., Escobar, E. A. B., Chigna, W. & Watson, I. M., 7 Oct 2020, In : Volcanica. 3, 2, 205 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Open Access
  • 12 Citations (Scopus)
    175 Downloads (Pure)


    Willy Aspinall Award (2021)

    Naismith, Ailsa K (Recipient), 8 Aug 2020

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants