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Forecasting gigantic ash clouds

Ten years ago, Europe was under the spell of an enormous ash cloud, following the eruption of a volcano on the Eyjafjalla Glacier in Iceland. The cloud brought air traffic to a complete standstill in a large part of Europe, caused a great deal of disruption and entailed significant costs. Guangliang Fu and Sha Lu, who did their PhD at TU Delft in 2017, investigated how such an ash plume behaves and how you can predict where it will go. A subject that is (once again) extremely topical now that the Filipino volcano Taal is restless. The mountain spits lava, ash and steam into the air. And volcanologists fear that a new and bigger eruption is imminent.

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