The ash-fall from the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland: The formation of an environmental record, natural and cultural impacts


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Parent Project Title:Eyjafjallajokull 2010- the formations of an enduring record

Project Details

Title:The ash-fall from the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland: The formation of an environmental record, natural and cultural impacts
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Abstract:This project will hold workshops to establish the best way to study the transformations and impacts of the volcanic ash fall from 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland. This eruption offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a new understanding of the formation of the enduring environmental record of eruptions and transform our knowledge of the environmental data preserved within volcanic ash layers. It would also refine our understanding of both past eruptions and their impacts on society and landscape.

If the ways in which volcanic ash layers become transformed are better understood, then this could achieve four important goals: 1) we will be able to know more about the nature of the landscape onto which the ash fell and 2) the post depositional environmental processes operating on it; 3) we will be able to have a better idea of the nature of the initial ash fall and so 4) be able to better reconstruct the initial eruption.

In the aftermath of the 2010 eruption the social and environmental impacts can be tracked in detail as they happen and it will be possible to discuss unfolding events and their consequences with the affected community. How does volcanic ash affect vegetation, water quality and drainage? What are the impacts on livestock? How does the ash-fall affect grazing, soil erosion and soil fertility? Where the ash was cleared, how was this done? What other impacts (negative and positive) has the eruption caused and how does this affect the viability of farming and other rural activities?

Keywords:Eruption,Eyjafjallajökull,Iceland,tephra,impacts,environment,
Sponsors/Funders: National Science Foundation of America
Country:Iceland
Region:Eyjafjallajökull
Project Start Year:2010
Projected End Year:2011

Account Owner

Contact: Andrew Dugmore
Institution: The University of Edinburgh
Postal Address: Institute of Geography, School of GeoSciences, Drummond Street, Edinburgh
Post Code: EH8 9XP
Telephone: +441316508156
Email: andrew.dugmore@ed.ac.uk

Project Collaborators

Name: Mike J. Church
Institution: Durham University
Address: Dept of Archaeology Durham University
Postcode: DH1 3LE
Country: UK
Email: m.j.church@durham.ac.uk
 
Name: Martin Kirkbride
Institution: University of Dundee
Address: Geography School of Social and Environmental Sciences University of Dundee Perth Rd Dundee
Postcode: DD1 4HN
Country: Scotland, UK
Phone: +44 (0)1382 384513
Email: m.p.kirkbride@dundee.ac.uk
Website: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/envscience/staff/mkirkbride.htm
 
Name: Tom McGovern
Institution: Dept Anthropology, CUNY
Country: USA
 
Name: Anthony Newton
Institution: University of Edinburgh
Address: University of Edinburgh Drummond Street Edinburgh
Postcode: EH89XP
Country: Scotland, UK
Phone: +441316502546
Email: anthony.newton@ed.ac.uk
 
Name: Gísli Pálsson
Institution: University of Iceland
Address: Department of Anthropology University of Iceland 101 Reykjavík Iceland
Postcode: IS 101
Country: Iceland
Phone: +354-5254253
Email: gpals@hi.is
Website: http://hi.academia.edu/G%C3%ADsliP%C3%A1lsson
 
Name: Howell M. Roberts
Institution: Icelandic Institute of Archaeology, Iceland, FSÍ
Address: Bárugata 3, Reykjavík
Postcode: 101
Country: Iceland
Email: howell@instarch.is
Website: http://www.instarch.is
 
Name: Ian Simpson
Institution: School of Biological & Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling
Address: Stirling
Postcode: FK9 4LA
Country: Scotland, UK
Phone: +44 (0)1786 467850
Email: i.a.simpson@stir.ac.uk
 
Name: Orri Vésteinsson
Institution: Icelandic Archaeological Institute ( FSÍ), University of Iceland
Address: Bárugata 3 , Reykjavík
Postcode: 101
Country: Iceland
Email: orri@instarch.is
Website: http://www.instarch.is
 


Project extent

North East Coordinates: 63.76°N, 19.05°W
South West Coordinates: 63.41°N, 19.93°W