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Special Issue "Forecasting the Transport of Volcanic Ash in the Atmosphere"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2020).
Interests: climate; atmospheric science; Aviation weather
It has been nearly 10 years since the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Southern Iceland highlighted the significant impacts that airborne volcanic ash can have on aviation-based activities. For 6 days in April 2010, air traffic over Europe was paralysed, with much of the airspace restricted in response to the threat posed to jet engines by volcanic ash. The response to the crisis has been a strengthening of the research effort aimed at increasing the detection and forecasting of volcanic ash in the atmosphere.
This Special Issue of Atmosphere, Forecasting the Transport of Volcanic Ash in the Atmosphere, aims to summarize the state of the science in this vital research area and to explore how this has advanced since the events of 2010. We seek contributions that examine this topic from a variety of aspects, from pure research studies through to operational aspects of volcanic ash forecasts. While any relevant contributions are welcome, we particularly seek contributions on the following topics:
- Characterisation of the eruption source term. This is a requirement for accurate modelling output. What is the state of the art?
- Ensemble-based forecasting and uncertainty. What are the best approaches for performing and using ensembles? What are the best approaches for communicating uncertainty to end-users?
- Quantitative forecasts of ash. Quantitative forecasts are highly desired. What advances have been made in this area? How can remote-sensing data and other observations best be integrated with dispersion models to produce quantitative forecasts?
- Operational use of volcanic ash modelling. How can operational services and industry best use the information available? How have models advanced since 2010?
- Physical processes within ash clouds. What influences do the processes of gravitational spreading, aggregation, sedimentation, particle size distributions, etc. have on volcanic ash forecasting? What needs to be included for a good forecast?
Dr. Chris Lucas
Dr. Claire Witham
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Volcanic ash
- Transport and dispersion models
- Aviation meteorology