Luca Caricchi

Professor

Rue des Maraîchers 13, Office 707

022 379 66 30

My Research

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The focus of my research is the understanding of the physical mechanisms responsible for the transfer and emplacement of magma in the Earth’s crust and its eruption at the surface. 

Our scientific mission is to understand how magmatic processes contribute to shaping our planet and what are the main physical factors controlling the frequency and magnitude of volcanic eruptions. Because more than 800 millions people live in the proximity of a volcano, this last, is an issue of high societal importance.

Ongoing Projects

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  1. Determination of the relationship between fluxes of magma from depth, the physical properties of magma and the frequency and magnitude of volcanic eruptions. ERC-starting grant FEVER.
  2. Experimental investigation of the processes responsible for the chemical zoning of minerals. SNSF
  3. Machine learning applied to the chemical zoning of minerals to determine the pre-eruptive processes at selected eruptions of Mt Etna volcano (Italy). SNSF
  4. The Takidani pluton (Japan) and associated volcanics. SNSF

Recent Publications

Teaching

Bachelor and Master Courses

Pétrologie II (Volcanologie Physique; cours et TP)

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Étudiants de 2ème année (BSc) - In French

Pétrologie des roches magmatiques (cours et TP)

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Étudiants de 3ème année (BSc) - In French

Petrological processes in geodynamic environments

master GATO

Physical properties of magmas, inversion of gravity data - In English

Advanced petrology and volcanology

master GATO

thermo-barometry applied to the Pinatubo eruption, statistics applied to petrology and volcanology - In English

Fieldtrips

Volcanologie (cartographie)

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Étudiants de 2ème année (BSc) - In French

Grand Camp de Geologie

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Étudiants de 3ème année (BSc) et master - In French and English

Fieltrip Mt Etna volcano

Master GATO

Visit of key outcrops and the INGV Osservatorio Etneo - In English

MEMBERS OF MAGE

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Corin Jorgenson (Master student)

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Monica Agreda Lopez (Master student)

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Loris N. Bach (Master student)

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 Alessandro Musu (PhD student)

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Gregor Weber (left) and Adam Curry

(PhD students)

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Me (left), Oliver Higgins (center, PhD student),

Tom E. Sheldrake (right, Maître assistant)

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