Over 70 Geography students from high schools and sixth forms in the county attended 2 Geography lectures delivered by Prof Mark Whitehead and Dr Annie Winson from the Dept of Geography & Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University. This is the second series of lectures that Professor Whitehead has delivered and we are eternally grateful for his perseverance in driving 6 hours from Aberystwyth to DSFC.
Dr Winson talked about her experiences on working with active volcanoes including Merapi and the issues of dealing with populations who live near volcanoes. Of particular concern is Campi Flegrei in southern Italy and Dr Winson went on to discuss the use of historical data to try to predict future eruptions of this caldera volcano. Dr Winson explained in detail how often the most destructive volcanic eruptions (measured on the Volcanic Explosivity Index) may not always be the most damaging to society, often resilience of populations is the key indicator. She went on to showcase current evidence regarding the growth of Campi Flegrei and discussed issues surrounding volcanology and accurate forecasting.