The Volcanic Risk module

This module presents an introduction to physical volcanology and both hazard and risk associated with volcanic eruptions. In particular, the main volcanic processes and their associated products and potential impacts are described. Main concepts of hazard assessment are also illustrated. Finally, some considerations in terms of vulnerability and both risk and crisis management are made.


Teaching Team

  • Costanza Bonadonna (Physical Volcanology) - MODULE RESPONSIBLE
  • Sebastien Biass (Volcanic hazard modelling)
  • Lucía Dominguez (Volcanic impact)


At the end of this course, students will be able to describe:

  • volcano distribution
  • volcano typology
  • sizes, rates and frequencies of eruptions
  • eruption classification
  • eruption dynamics
  • volcanic processes
  • pyroclastic deposits
  • volcanic hazards
  • implications of risk analyses and decision making

At the end of this course, students will also be able to combine volcanology information together with vulnerability, economic and social assessments for a comprehensive approach to risk analyses.


Associated Field Trip

Instructors: Costanza Bonadonna (UNIGE), Sebastien Biass (UNIGE), Lucía Dominguez (UNIGE), Chris Gregg (ETSU, USA), Corine Frischknecht (UNIGE), Scira Menoni (Politecnico di Milano, Italy), Fatíma Viveiros (Univ. Azores), Vittorio Zanon (Univ. Azores)


CERG 2023; La Palma

The volcanology module includes a one-week field trip to the island of La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain) where the students will be able to combine all information received in class together with some of the concepts provided in the Risk Management module. This field experience takes place on the island of La Palma. We will explore risk assessment and risk management for multiple volcanic hazards in a complex island environment with a special focus on: physical volcanology and hazards of the island, exposure, various vulnerability dimensions (e.g., physical and systemic) and risk analysis. Local stakeholders will discuss monitoring and emergency management.


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