Experimental study of three-phase magma rheology and flow and its
implications for persistent volcanic activity in the Caribbean.
Project Coordinator: Nicolas Fournier
Implementing Agencies: Seismic Research Unit (UWI), Department of Physics (UWI), University of Bristol
Funding Agencies: UWI (Government of Trinidad & Tobago Research Fund)
Project Description: The main objective is to assess the rheological properties (primarily viscosity) of crystals and bubbles bearing magmas for Caribbean volcanoes. This is absolutely essential to assess the potential for explosivity of
these volcanoes and to estimate the maximum velocity at which magma can rise
from depth to reach the surface and provoke an eruption. The inter-departmental and inter-universities project involves the setup of an experimental laboratory at UWI to derive constitutive equations for different magma composition in the Caribbean. These equations will in turn be used to model analytically and numerically magma ascent below and inside Caribbean most active volcanoes with a prime interest in Dominica, St. Vincent and Montserrat.
Project Status: In progress
Project Value: US $39,682