Objectives

The GVB is a research group that investigates on volcanoes and volcanic processes. They conduct basic research on different aspects of related to modern and ancient volcanic systems. However, the GVB also develops applied research on the fields of hazard assessment and risk management, and economic and energy resources associated with volcanoes. Specific research objectives of the GVB are:

 – Experimental and numerical modelling of volcanic and related processes oriented to the quantitative assessment of the parameters controlling volcanic processes in active areas. The aim of this task is to be able to compare between different eruptions, to simulate past events and to predict future processes of similar characteristics.

 – Determination of the pre-eruptive conditions of magmas. This action complements the previous one with experimental petrology methods and  studies on residence times of magmas, as well as mechanical models of magma propagation, and aims to characterise the processes occurring in the plumbing systems during volcanic unrest and the conditions that lead volcanic eruptions. This task is basically developed at the SIMGEO laboratory.

 – Development of e-tools and methodologies oriented to volcanic hazard assessment and risk management. This action uses the results obtained from the previous tasks and is one of the main present and future actions of the group.

 – Studies on Physical Volcanology are being carried out in areas of particular interest of Spain, such as Canary Islands, Cabo de Gata and Catalonia, and in other areas around the World (Central Andes, Antarctica, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador, ….) . We combine knowledge acquired in studies from modern and ancient volcanic terrains to develop a systematic field based methodology to reconstruct volcanic stratigraphy, structural volcanology and deposits characterisation,  aimed at defining and interpreting the volcanic history of these areas

 The GVB, besides having a wide experience in research, has also extensive experience in the training of researchers. Since its inception in 1990 to date have been performed within the group 25 PhD theses, two of them co-directed at foreign universities. The group also has partnerships with other national and foreign groups, allowing their members to get access to laboratories and technical facilities not available in Barcelona.

 The Group of Volcanology of Barcelona collaborates with:

  • Sección de Riesgos Geológicos, IGME
  • Sección de Vigilancia Volcánica, IGN
  • Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, UK
  • Dipartamento diScienze della Terra, Universitá di Pisa, Italy
  • Institut des Sciences de la Terre d’Orleans, CNRS. Orleans, France
  • Université, Blaise Pascla, Clermont Ferrand, France
  • INGV at Pisa, Napoli, Catania and Bologna Italy
  • Department of Earth Sciences, Monash University, Australia
  • Department of Geology, Washington State University, USA
  • Institut de Physique du Globe, Paris, France
  • Laboratoire des Sciences de la Terre, Université de la Reunion, France
  • UNAM, México
  • Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
  • Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, Costa Rica
  • University of Iceland, Iceland
  • Universidad Gerardo- Barrios, Sand Miguel, El Salvador
  •   CONICET, Salta and Cordoba, Argentina
  • Universidad de La Plata, Argentina
  • Facultade de Ciencias, University of Lisbon, Portugal