The study of volcanoes covers a broad area of science including geology, geophysics, geochemistry and atmospheric processes.

Our team draws on a broad range of expertise, and through collaborative research worldwide, we are gaining a better understanding of volcanic processes, hazards and risks. Through engagement with policy and decision makers, private enterprise, NGOs and the public we are contributing to strategies for mitigation of volcanic risks.

Our research interests include:

  • volcanic hazards
  • interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research
  • communicating science
  • mapping and analysis of volcanic deposits
  • petrology and geochemistry
  • earth observation
  • tephra studies
  • volcanic gases
  • volcano seismology
fire fountainRecent eruptions and unrest
Information on recent eruptions and unrest with links to the latest news on global volcanoes.

Press Releases

myVolcano iconmyVolcano erupts into app stores!
BGS have developed a new app that enables members of the public to learn about the volcanoes of the world and to contribute photos, videos and descriptions of volcanic ash; providing scientists vital new information about volcanic eruptions.
Volcanic eruptionExperts on Volcanic Ash and Civil Aviation discuss Progress, Priorities
BGS co-organised and sponsored a workshop on Volcanic Ash Dispersal Forecast and Civil Aviation held at the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland
Laki fissureLaki eruption scenario
Large-Magnitude Fissure Eruptions in Iceland.
Press release 108 KB pdf
Large volcanic ash found in the UK Large Icelandic volcanic ash particles found in the UK
BGS scientists have found large aggregate particles of ash from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption, collected by schools across the UK.
Press release 108 KB pdf
ash grimsvotn ‘Citizen science’
See the different ways you can help our volcanology team with future eruptions. Discover how citizen scientists
helped advance our knowledge and understanding of the Grímsvötn volcano eruption of 2011.

Selected research

European Volcano Observatory Space Services.
European volcanological supersite in Iceland: a monitoring system and network for the future
Strengthening Resilience in Volcanic Areas.
Vanaheim project logoVANAHEIM
Volcanic and Atmosphere Near- to far-field Analysis of plumes Helping interpretation and Modelling
Volcano Global Risk Identification & Analysis Project. Read the latest on the LaMEVE launch
GVMlogoGlobal Volcano Model
An international network analysing risk and vulnerability on all scales.
caribeanCaribbean volcanism
Studies into volcanism at the Soufrière Hills volcano, Montserrat.
afar rift valley projectEast African Rift volcanism
Studies into volcanism across Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania.
research on icelandic glaciersIcelandic volcanism
Studies into volcanism across Iceland, focusing on the volcanoes of Katla, Grímsvötn-Laki and Eyjafjallajókull
mars volcanoPlanetary volcanism
Studies into volcanism on Mars.

Student research projects

The BGS works alongside universities, co-funding student research projects in volcanology through BUFI (BGS and Universities Funding Initiative)


Contact Sue Loughlin for further information about BGS Volcanology