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Volcanic hazards

In this course, we will take you on an interactive tour around Icelandic volcanoes where we will be talking to experts on location, digging holes to discover past eruptions, and hearing amazing stories of survival. We will discuss how to better manage volcanic hazards, using examples of volcanoes in Iceland and Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Starts Feb 6
Ends Aug 1

Volcanic hazards

In this course, we will take you on an interactive tour around Icelandic volcanoes where we will be talking to experts on location, digging holes to discover past eruptions, and hearing amazing stories of survival. We will discuss how to better manage volcanic hazards, using examples of volcanoes in Iceland and Aotearoa New Zealand.

5 weeks
1–2 hours per week
Self-paced
Progress at your own speed
Free
Optional upgrade available

There is one session available:

After a course session ends, it will be archivedOpens in a new tab.
Starts Feb 6
Ends Aug 1

About this course

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This is course 2 of 2 for the Field Volcanology and Hazards Certificate.

In this course, we will be taking you outside of the classroom on virtual field trips. These field experiences are where volcanologists get their hands dirty and really learn the tools of the trade. We will take you on an interactive tour around Icelandic volcanoes where we will be talking to experts on location, digging holes to discover past eruptions, and hearing amazing stories of survival. We will discuss how to better manage volcanic hazards, using examples in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will also get to explore rocks and landscapes while navigating around 360° videos and 3D landscapes and rock samples. You will gauge your learning all along the way, building knowledge and skills, and thinking about why volcanoes matter to you.

At a glance

What you'll learn

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  • Describe why volcanoes erupt in Iceland and New Zealand.
  • Use the field skills of a volcanologist to explain and describe volcanic rocks and landscapes.
  • Explain why different volcano types have different eruption hazards.
  • Appreciate the value of cross-cultural perspectives from Māori narratives and values to stories of Icelandic trolls.
  • Apply field data and historic eruption stories to discuss volcanic hazard implications in different locations in Iceland and Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Discuss the plan to drill into a magma chamber, weigh up the societal benefits such as renewable geothermal energy and better eruption prediction with risks and costs.
  • Use appropriate cultural consideration and apply communication skills to describe volcanic processes to diverse audiences.

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