Volcanic ash hazards and aviation risk: Chapter 4

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Abstract

The risks to safe and efficient air travel from volcanic-ash hazards are well documented and widely recognized. Under the aegis of the International Civil Aviation Organization, globally coordinated mitigation procedures are in place to report explosive eruptions, detect airborne ash clouds and forecast their expected movement, and issue specialized messages to warn aircraft away from hazardous airspace. This mitigation framework is based on the integration of scientific and technical capabilities worldwide in volcanology, meteorology, and atmospheric physics and chemistry. The 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland, which led to a nearly week-long shutdown of air travel into and out of Europe, has prompted the aviation industry, regulators, and scientists to work more closely together to improve how hazardous airspace is defined and communicated. Volcanic ash will continue to threaten aviation and scientific research will continue to influence the risk-mitigation framework.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Volcanic ash hazards and aviation risk: Chapter 4
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-396453-3.00004-6
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Publisher location Amsterdam
Contributing office(s) Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center
Description 22 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Volcanic hazards, risks and disasters
First page 87
Last page 108