Studying fundamental volcano‐magmatic processes is difficult because volcanic systems are complex non‐linear systems, which makes each volcano unique. Volcanic eruptions occur when magma reaches the surface. Magma migration from depth up through the brittle crust occurs by the propagation of hydraulic fractures or dykes. Dyke propagation involves complex physic processes such as viscous flow of magma, rock fracture, elastic deformation of the host rock, and potentially large changes of the physical properties of the magma (crystallization, degassing, solidification, etc).

This research involves the use of seismic data to track magma motion within the crust; analysing the seismicity generated by magma transport is one way to image this phenomenon. A physical model that quantitatively relates the flux of magma in the dyke to real-time geophysical data is lacking. Numerical and analogue models will therefore improve our understanding of the parameters that govern the intrusions of magma.

Some less traditional methods will also be implemented to unravel the volcano-magmatic processes, like muon tomography or the study of corals around volcanic systems. These innovative approaches will help us understand the processes at stake in the magma transport at depth and in the shallower parts of the volcanic edifice.


The effect of solidification on a propagating dyke: Experiment
Volcanic Infrasound (English)
Volcanic Infrasound (Tamil subtitles)
Volcanic Infrasound (Tagalog subtitles)
Volcanic Infrasound (Japanese subtitles)
Volcanic Infrasound (Bahasa Indonesia subtitles)
Infrasonido volcánico
Les infrasons volcaniques
火山次声波 Volcanic Infrasound


Lab Volcano Facilities


Models constraining models: Analogue modelling to assess theoretical uncertainties

Our research group is focused on understanding the movement of magma in the upper crust. Such moveme...
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MUON Tomography at Mayon Volcano, Philippines Toward a Better Understanding of Open-Vent Systems

Mayon volcano is an openly degassing basaltic andesite volcano, located in the Philippines, that pro...
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Dynamics of the deeper part of explosive volcanic systems

One of the most active explosive volcanoes in the world, the Soufriere Hills Volcano (Montserrat, We...
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Using seismic data to track magma transport

With more that one eruption per year on average during the last 30 years, Piton de la Fournaise (La ...
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Volcanic Eruption: Location and Characterization using Infrasound

Infrasounds are atmospheric sounds below the 20 Hz threshold of human hearing. Infrasounds can trave...
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Volcanic ash as a hazard to aviation in Southeast Asia

We use volcano morphology, observed in satellite remote sensing, coupled with eruption data taken fr...
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Selected Publications

Year 2011

Year 2021

Combining petrology and seismology to unravel the plumbing system of a typical arc volcano: An example from Marapi, West Sumatra, Indonesia

Dini Nurfiani, Benoit Taisne, Caroline Bouvet de Maisonneuve, Dannie Hidayat, H Gunawan, H Triastuty, et al.

The Team



Principal Investigator



Research Fellow

LUO Yizhou

LUO Yizhou

PhD Student

Damia Benet MORANT

Damia Benet MORANT

Research Associate

Andika Bayu AJI

Andika Bayu AJI

PhD Student

Lab Volcano Facilities

The purpose of the Lab Volcanoes is to understand the timing, rates and other details of the magma supply of different volcanoes, in order to improve forecasts of future eruptions. To this end, laboratory volcanoes display very diverse monitoring tools that provide a constant flow of data.

EOS has developed volcano laboratories at Mayon (Southeast Luzon, Philippines) and Gede-Salak (West Java, Indonesia). These volcanoes span a wide range of degassing behaviours: Mayon is an openly degassing volcano, while Gede and Salak exhibit only minor degassing. The nuances on the degassing spectrum displayed by these volcanoes make them very valuable for fundamental research.


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