Fall 2023 - EASC 620 G100

Advanced Volcanology (3)

Class Number: 4023

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Fri, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    Undergraduate course in petrology and structural geology.



Physical, chemical and tectonic aspects of volcanology examined with emphasis on processes of magma generation and evolution, styles of eruption, environments of deposition, and interpretation of volcanic facies. May include weekend field trips.


This course is designed to give students an introduction to physical and chemical volcanology through a comprehensive examination of volcanic eruptions and their consequences. The main topics covered are the rheological properties of magmas and lavas, structure of volcanic landforms, eruption dynamics, monitoring and hazard assessment, the emplacement of volcanic deposits, extraterrestrial volcanism and the effects of eruptions on the environment.

Course Topics:

  1. Properties of magmas and lavas
  2. Volcanic eruption dynamics
  3. Geomorphology of volcanic landforms
  4. Types of volcanic deposits and emplacement mechanisms
  5. The hazards, monitoring techniques and mitigation of volcanic events


  • Lab / Field trip assignments 15%
  • In Class Volcanic Hazard Simulation 10%
  • Mid-term Exam 35%
  • Final Exam 40%


Course Organisation:

  1. One 2-hour lecture and 3-hour lab per week.

        One compulsory field trip – end of Sept., exact date TBD


Permission of Instructor



“Volcanism” by Hans-Ulrich Schmincke, 2004, Springer, New York, 329 p., ISBN 978-3-540-43650-8

“Encyclopedia of Volcanoes”, H. Sigurdsson, B. Houghton, H. Rymer, J. Stix, S. McNutt (Eds.), 2000, Academic Press, ISBN 0-12-643140-X.


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