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14 December 2010

Lessons from a year of disasters

Meteorologist Julia Slingo spent her birthday recounting the lessons of what had to be one of the more eventful years of her life. Slingo, the Chief Scientist for the UK’s Meteorology (Met) Office spoke to a Monday evening audience at the Frontiers of Geophysics Lecture, session U15A-01.“I was just getting over Climate-gate,” she said, “when all of a sudden Eyjafjallajokull went up, and it’s impact was massive. That was the first of them.”


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16 April 2010

“Although we’re pretty good at saying when an eruption will start, we’re not so good at saying when it’s going to end”

Here’s one curious consequence of Iceland’s volcanic ash clouds grounding airplanes across Europe: Scientists attending a volcanology meeting in Paris are temporarily stuck there. That’s where the AGU Geohazards blog reached John Eichelberger, Volcano Hazards Program Coordinator at the U.S. Geological Survey (and an AGU member), who responded to our questions (see below) about how volcanologists and weather services work together to forecast volcanic activity and the spread of ash …


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