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From Friday, 15 October 2021 to Friday, 22 October 2021

Professor of Petrology and Volcanology at Faculty of Earth Sciences (University of Iceland)


Professor of Petrology and Volcanology at Faculty of Earth Sciences (University of Iceland). His expertise on ’hot spot’ volcanism and magmatism, particularly in Iceland, is coupled with across-the-board experience in research on ancient and active volcanic systems. Thordarson has been instrumental in studies on the physical volcanology of flood lava eruptions, which has revolutionized our understanding of these giants among basalt eruptions. In particular, it has produced new insight into the modes by which these lava flows were emplaced, as well as their potential environmental and climatic effects. The significance of this work is clearly demonstrated by its wide application, which extends from terrestrial Archaean to modern lava flow fields to basaltic lava flows on Mars. He has studied Icelandic volcanoes for more than 30 years and has been instrumental in research on the physical volcanology of effusive and explosive eruptions in Iceland including long- and sort-term magma evolution, plumbing system dynamics, as well as their environmental, climatic and societal effects. Thordarson has been involved in Research on the Laki event spans more than a quarter of a century and is the world’s leading expert on the eruption, with >600 citations to the 23 papers that he has published on different aspects of the eruption; from physical volcanology and petrochemistry (including magma degassing) to climatic, environmental and societal impacts. Current research is centred on volcanism and magmatism in Iceland, with emphasis on the physical volcanology, volcanic stratigraphy, shallow conduit processes and timescales of magmatic processes within active and extinct volcanic systems in Iceland – including Grímsvötn (2004 and 2011 events)/Laki AD1783-84, Katla/Eldgjá AD934, Eyjafjallajökull (2010 event), Hekla (1845, 1766, 1693, 1300, 1158, 1104, H3 and H4 events) Krafla (1984 event), Askja (Holocene volcanism) and the 1794, 1867 and 1014-15 Holuhraun events.

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