28th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, 23 - 28 September 2012, Brisbane, Australia
Paper ICAS 2012-0.7


MANAGING DIFFUSE ERUPTION CLOUDS - THE EXPERIENCES OF 2010-11, AND THE RESULTS OF THE INTERNATIONAL VOLCANIC ASH TASK FORCE

A. Tupper
Bureau of Meteorology, Australia

Keywords: ash, eruption clouds, volcanic task force

The 2010 and 2011 eruptions of Eyjafjallaj÷kull, Cordˇn Caulle, and other volcanoes have thrown a spotlight on the challenges of a global volcanic cloud warning system for aircraft. Less obvious have been the many successes, in the sense that in a short time, we have moved from the dramatic discovery of the hazard in the early 80s to a warning system that has brought two sciences (meteorology and volcanology) together with aviation to, so far, successfully mitigate against any fatalities.


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