Eyjafjallajokull Eruption and Air Travel Disruption

For the first time ever, all United Kingdom airspace is currently closed due to ash from the Eyjafjallajokull Eruption in Iceland, a situation replicated in several other Northern European countries.

At the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2010, session NH2.2 Passive satellite techniques and ground-based potential field investigations of volcanic activity contains several presentations related to ash.

NASA’s Earth Observatory has MODIS imagery, with a clear explanation at their Image of the Day website.

A comprehensive set of links about the Eyjafjallajokull Eruption can be found at Michel’s Islande 2010 blog (the blog is in French but the link descriptions are in English and French).

*These are not EGU sanctioned blogs, rather a resource helping readers know what is out there.

By Jennifer Holden

Bárbara Ferreira was the Media and Communications Manager of the European Geosciences Union from 2011 to 2019. Bárbara has also worked as a science writer specialising in astrophysics and space sciences, producing articles for the European Space Agency and others on a freelance basis. She has a PhD in astrophysics from the University of Cambridge.


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  2. Have there been any discussions about how this may affect EGU attendance? It would certainly pose problems for people outside Europe (like me), but even inside as buses and trains are picking up the burden of internal flights.

    • There’s a message from the EGU General Assembly 2010 Programme Chair on the blog (posted 18 April) and an email will be going out early in the week.


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