The FutureVolc project and the eruption on National Geographic

Eruption contributes to FutureVolc - and vice versa


A week ago, National Geographic published a web article on the Holuhraun eruption in Iceland, and its contribution to the FutureVolc project.

Icelandic Eruption Spews Record-Breaking Amounts of Lava, With No Signs of Slowing

„A tremendous gush of lava in Iceland that began six weeks ago shows no signs of slowing. The eruption, on a plain of old lava called Holuhraun in the Bárðarbunga volcanic system, has spewed out enough molten rock so far to fill 740 Empire State buildings and has buried, on average, an area the size of an NFL football field every 5.5 minutes. At this rate, the lava flow will soon be larger than any seen for more than two centuries in the volcanically active island nation. And there's no telling when it will stop—months, maybe, or years.“

„Despite its remoteness, the Holuhraun eruption is one of the best monitored in history, thanks to new instruments deployed by the European Commission-funded FUTUREVOLC project and other international teams.“


There is a video from the field and interviews with the scientists. Freysteinn Sigmundsson, Institute of Earth Sciences, describes the FutureVolc project and explaines why Iceland was chosen to lead the international team. Kristín Vogfjörð, IMO, talkes about the importance of open data and shows two data products developed at the Icelandic Met Office, an interactive three dimensional map of the earthquakes and a run of continuous GPS measurements in the vicinity of the Bárðarbunga central volcano which shows horizontal displacements.

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