As part of Carleton University’s Science Café series, Brian Cousens, professor and chair of the Department of Earth Sciences, will present Predicting Volcanic Eruptions: The Volcanologist Toolkit.

When: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Sunnyside Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 1049 Bank Street, Ottawa
Info: This event is free and open to the public.

Media are invited to attend the event.

Being able to predict the occurrence of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions is critically important.

Sudden volcanic eruptions can cause extensive property damage and endanger local populations – such as the explosive eruption on White island, New Zealand in 2019. But they are difficult to predict unless the geological history of the volcano is well known and monitoring instruments are in use around the volcano.

Volcanoes with nearby observatories are well understood – such as Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii – and warnings of activity at the volcano can be delivered to the public in a matter of hours. However, most volcanoes lack such detailed monitoring.

In this talk, Cousens will discuss how volcanologists evaluate the danger of a volcano erupting and the high-tech tools they use.

About Science Café

The Science Café series is organized by the Faculty of Science at Carleton to discuss relevant issues facing our society and how science can help solve real-world problems. Meet some of Carleton’s award-winning faculty members and graduate students as they share their excitement about science with the community. For more information, visit:

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