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Modeling Volcanic Processes
The Physics and Mathematics of Volcanism

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Sarah Fagents, Tracy Gregg, Rosaly Lopes, Josef Dufek, Leif Karlstrom, Chris Huber, Steve Tait, Benoit Taisne, Helge Gonnermann, Michael Manga, Andrew Harris, Mike James, Steve Lane, Bruce Houghton, Amanda Clarke, Andrew Woods, Costanza Bonadonna, Antonio Costa, Olivier Roche, Jeremy Phillips, Karim Kelfoun, Ken Wohletz, Bernd Zimanowski, Ralf Büttner, Lionel Wilson, James Head, John Smellie, Vern Manville, Jon Major, Milton Garcés, David Fee, Robin Matoza, Bernard Chouet, Karl Mitchell
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  • Date Published: April 2013
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print August 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521895439

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  • Understanding the physical behavior of volcanoes is key to mitigating the hazards active volcanoes pose to the ever-increasing populations living nearby. The processes involved in volcanic eruptions are driven by a series of interlinked physical phenomena, and to fully understand these, volcanologists must employ various physics subdisciplines. This book provides the first advanced-level, one-stop resource examining the physics of volcanic behavior and reviewing the state-of-the-art in modeling volcanic processes. Each chapter begins by explaining simple modeling formulations and progresses to present cutting-edge research illustrated by case studies. Individual chapters cover subsurface magmatic processes through to eruption in various environments and conclude with the application of modeling to understanding the other volcanic planets of our Solar System. Providing an accessible and practical text for graduate students of physical volcanology, this book is also an important resource for researchers and professionals in the fields of volcanology, geophysics, geochemistry, petrology and natural hazards.

    • Field examples and case studies are provided to illustrate real world applications of the theory
    • Exercises at the end of each chapter engage students by putting their new learning into practice
    • Presents an interdisciplinary approach to modeling volcanoes, providing a state-of-the-art overview of research, techniques and applications
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This elegant text fills an important gap in volcanologists' libraries. It is a quantitative and accessible introduction to the physical modelling of volcanic and magmatic processes that illuminates the science behind the glamour and razzmatazz of volcanic eruptions. The coverage is broad: from magma chambers to eruptive processes; and from eruptions under water, air, and ice to planetary volcanism. Chapters are advanced primers to each topic, and can as easily be read alone, or as a part of the whole. The text will be accessible to readers from advanced undergraduate level, and up; and the inclusion of problem sets and up-to-date references means that this is destined to become the working textbook for advanced courses in volcanic processes. The editors have done a magnificent job, matched by the high quality production that we expect from Cambridge University Press."
    Professor David Pyle, University of Oxford

    "For much too long, quantitative volcanology has had to be taught through collections of individual articles from the literature. Finally, here is, in one place, an excellent summary of the quantitative aspects of physical volcanology, well integrated with field observations. Madame Pele will be proud and delighted with the contributions in this volume and its editors!"
    Professor Susan Kieffer, University of Illinois

    "All those entering this challenging and exciting field will find this an essential reference. The comprehensive scope and the depth of the presentations make the book invaluable to senior researchers as well."
    Dr Stephen M. Baloga, Proxemy Research, Maryland

    "Modeling Volcanic Processes is a collection of 17 chapters, each written by different experts, which together cover a broad range of physical processes from magma chamber dynamics to tephra sedimentation to volcano acoustics. The perspective is physical with a focus on modeling. Each chapter not only provides a clear and accessible introduction to the topic before moving on to more quantitative aspects, but also brings the reader up to date and considers future directions in the field. All the material is well referenced, which allows the reader to follow up on particular facts and topics; there are also exercises to try, with solutions provided along with other supporting material on a website supported by Cambridge University Press."
    Alison Rust, American Mineralogist

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521895439
    • length: 431 pages
    • dimensions: 251 x 192 x 24 mm
    • weight: 1.09kg
    • contains: 167 b/w illus. 25 colour illus. 22 tables 35 exercises
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print August 2019
  • Table of Contents

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    1. Introduction Sarah Fagents, Tracy Gregg and Rosaly Lopes
    2. Magma chamber dynamics and thermodynamics Josef Dufek, Chris Huber and Leif Karlstrom
    3. The dynamics of dike propagation Steve Tait and Benoit Taisne
    4. Dynamics of magma ascent in the volcanic conduit Helge Gonnermann and Michael Manga
    5. Lava flows Andrew Harris
    6. Unsteady explosive activity: Strombolian eruptions Mike James, Steve Lane and Bruce Houghton
    7. Unsteady explosive activity: Vulcanian eruptions Amanda Clarke
    8. Sustained explosive activity: volcanic eruption columns and Hawaiian fountains Andrew Woods
    9. Modeling tephra sedimentation from volcanic plumes Costanza Bonadonna and Antonio Costa
    10. Pyroclastic density currents Olivier Roche, Jeremy Phillips and Karim Kelfoun
    11. Magma-water interactions Ken Wohletz, Bernd Zimanowski and Ralf Büttner
    12. Deep sea eruptions Tracy Gregg
    13. Magma-ice interactions Lionel Wilson, John Smellie and James Head
    14. Modeling lahar behavior and hazards Vernon Manville, Jon Major and Sarah Fagents
    15. Introduction to quantitative volcano seismology: fluid-driven sources Bernard Chouet
    16. Volcano acoustics Milton Garcés, David Fee and Robin Matoza
    17. Planetary volcanism Rosaly Lopes, Sarah Fagents, Karl Mitchell and Tracy Gregg

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    Sarah A. Fagents, University of Hawaii, Manoa
    Sarah A. Fagents is an Associate Researcher in the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology at the University of Hawaii. She specializes in volcanic fluid dynamics, combining numerical modeling with field and remote sensing studies on Earth and other volcanic planets of the Solar System. In addition to frequent visits to the volcanoes of Hawaii, her research includes studying lahar emplacement in New Zealand, investigating explosive lava–water interactions in Iceland and on Mars, and deciphering the signatures of cryovolcanism on the icy moons of the outer Solar System. She has shared her enthusiasm for planetary volcanism through TV documentaries and public lectures.

    Tracy K. P. Gregg, State University of New York, Buffalo
    Tracy K. P. Gregg is an Associate Professor of Geology and a member of the Volcanology Research Group at the State University of New York, Buffalo. She has studied volcanoes around the world, including in Iceland, Hawaii, and at the bottom of the ocean – the latter using the HOV Alvin. Her area of expertise is the study of lava flow emplacement around the Solar System, particularly on Mars, but she enjoys studying lava flows of any composition, in any tectonic setting, on any planet. She is the co-editor of two other volcanology books that focus on volcanic behaviors in the range of environments found in our Solar System.

    Rosaly M. C. Lopes, NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California
    Rosaly M. C. Lopes is a Senior Research Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory where she heads the Geophysics and Planetary Geosciences Group. An expert on volcanism and cryovolcanism in the Solar System, she is the author of five other books, including The Volcano Adventure Guide (Cambridge University Press). She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has received numerous other honors, including the Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society. She is a frequent contributor to TV documentaries and lectures widely on volcanoes and space exploration.


    Sarah Fagents, Tracy Gregg, Rosaly Lopes, Josef Dufek, Leif Karlstrom, Chris Huber, Steve Tait, Benoit Taisne, Helge Gonnermann, Michael Manga, Andrew Harris, Mike James, Steve Lane, Bruce Houghton, Amanda Clarke, Andrew Woods, Costanza Bonadonna, Antonio Costa, Olivier Roche, Jeremy Phillips, Karim Kelfoun, Ken Wohletz, Bernd Zimanowski, Ralf Büttner, Lionel Wilson, James Head, John Smellie, Vern Manville, Jon Major, Milton Garcés, David Fee, Robin Matoza, Bernard Chouet, Karl Mitchell

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