Clive Oppenheimer’s work focuses on the geochemical “imaging” of volcano plumbing systems to understand links between magma storage, transport, degassing and eruptive style. This work integrates field (spectroscopy and thermal imaging), laboratory and numerical modelling approaches. It has involved close collaborations with the volcano observatory community over the past 15 years or so. He is especially interested in the role of volcanism in abrupt environmental and societal change, and has been involved in several geoarchaeological projects. He also studies the tropospheric chemistry of volcanic emissions.
Working on: Erebus (Antarctica); Nabro (Eritrea); Paektu (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea); Soufrière Hills (Montserrat), Laki (Iceland), Jebel Isbil (Yemen) and Merapi (Java)