From the 5th to 11th May, I travelled to Iceland as part of a Cambridge team investigating impacts associated with the explosive stage of the Eyjafjallajökull event. Our objectives were fourfold: 1) to assist in monitoring respirable ash levels and advise on potential health impacts; 2) to collect water and ash samples for analysis and 3) to consider the impacts and emergency response associated with long duration continuous ash emissions. Assessment of eruption impacts and recovery over time is rare following volcanic events. One of the most important aspects of such studies is to collect baseline data: a further objective of our visit. We worked in collaboration with the Nordic Volcanological Institute, Icelandic Meteorological Office, Government departments of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, Agriculture and Air Pollution in Reykjavík, as well as local doctors, vets and farmers in the affected area. Here I provide an informal review of the eruption impacts and issues that I found interesting .
|Translated title of the contribution||Observations of the explosive Eyjafjallajökull eruption|
|Publisher||Cambridge Architectural Research|
|Publication status||Published - 1 May 2010|