earth hardly visible from air
An eruption in Grímsvötn in May 2011. It is assumed that as much ash was released into the air during the first 24 hours of this eruption as in total during the 40 days of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption a year earlier.

Measurements and simulation of volcanic ash for civil aviation



A workshop on Measurements and simulation of volcanic ash for civil aviation will be held in Reykjavík 17th January 2012 at Orkugarður, Grensásvegi 9. Those who are interested in the subjects are welcome to listen.

It is sponsored by the Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration, Icelandair and Isavia. The workshop leader is Sigurður M. Garðarsson, Dean of Environmental and Civil Engineering, University of Iceland.

After registration at 09:00, an opening address will be given by Pétur K. Maack, Director General of Icelandic CAA, at 09:30. Lectures and disscussions will take place until summary at 16:30.

The full programme is available as pdf (55 Kb) but the various topics come under these main headings:

  • Ash measurements, experience 2010 and 2011
  • Initial and boundary data acquisition and improvements in modelling
  • The volcanic ash problem, operational and economic aspects
  • Possible near field models for Iceland
  • Remote sensing

The workshop is organised by the Icelandic Meteorological Office, University of Iceland, Reykjavík University and RIV.

All discussions and lectures will be in English. The presentations (pdf) and summary will be available at the Universitie's web-site, as well as a list of participants and speakers. Please note that all rights rest with the authors.

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