(b) Pre-eruptive volcano physics

My team and I develop process-oriented analytical, numerical and analog models for the propagation and storage of magma and other fluids in the Earth’s crust. We simulate magma propagation focusing on the effect of rock rheology and stress heterogeneities induced for example by evolving surface loads in the context of extensional or compressional tectonics and stress interaction with pre-existing tectonic structures. We validate our models by looking at the shape, trajectory and velocity of the dikes, crustal deformation, seismicity rates, scaling and organisation of the earthquakes or of the dikes, distribution of eruptive vents and orientation of fissures, and investigate how all these interactions contribute to the evolution of volcanism and architecture of magma storage.

current projects:

Magma Propagator


former projects:

Magma Kammer

Magma course

Modelling melt ascent


"Pre-eruptive volcano physics" team in Section 2.1: Physics of Earthquakes and Volcanoes:
Mehdi Nikkhoo
Lorenzo Mantiloni (Doktorand)

furthermore involved are:
Francesca Silverii
Ayleen Gaete 
Francesco Maccaferri
Luigi Passarelli
Timothy Davis
Fabio Corbi (Post Doc, Uni Montpellier, Uni Roma Tre)
Camilla Cattania (Post Doc, Stanford Uni)
Jana Schierjott (Doktorandin, ETH Zurich)

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