The University of Bristol has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education
– the highest accolade for any academic institution – in recognition of its world-leading research in volcanology.
Researchers from the group played a key advisory role following the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull.
Volcanic hazards are now explicit in the UK National Risk Register and the risk to aviation has been significantly reduced; ash clouds are better understood, monitored and predicted due to the implementation of the group’s research findings. Their free web tool, PlumeRise
, which gives more accurate estimates of the amount of ash injected into the atmosphere during a volcanic eruption, is now used by numerous institutions worldwide.