Title

The Impacts of Volcanic Eruptions on Agriculture

Date

5-29-2014 1:20 PM

End Time

29-5-2014 1:40 PM

Location

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 105

Department

Earth Science

Session Chair

Jeffrey Templeton

Session Title

“Eruptions that Shook the World” – Examining the Influence of Volcanism on the Earth System

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Dr. Jeffrey Templeton

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Volcanic eruptions produce physical and chemical hazards to the local ecology. Impacts include fluorosis, changing the pH of soils, burying vegetation, and disrupting hydrologic functions through the compaction of tephra. The well-documented of eruptions of Mt. Hudson in Chile (1991), Mt. Ruapehu in New Zealand (1995), and Mt. Merapi in Indonesia (1994 and 2010) have all greatly impacted their local agriculture through these processes. This research draws information from previous studies of these eruptions as a basis for understanding the physical and chemical impacts of volcanism on agriculture. The investigation of these impacts can help inform the public of the different hazards ash fall poses on the agricultural sector, and summate past mitigation techniques used to combat potential hazards presented by volcanic activity.

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May 29th, 1:20 PM May 29th, 1:40 PM

The Impacts of Volcanic Eruptions on Agriculture

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 105

Volcanic eruptions produce physical and chemical hazards to the local ecology. Impacts include fluorosis, changing the pH of soils, burying vegetation, and disrupting hydrologic functions through the compaction of tephra. The well-documented of eruptions of Mt. Hudson in Chile (1991), Mt. Ruapehu in New Zealand (1995), and Mt. Merapi in Indonesia (1994 and 2010) have all greatly impacted their local agriculture through these processes. This research draws information from previous studies of these eruptions as a basis for understanding the physical and chemical impacts of volcanism on agriculture. The investigation of these impacts can help inform the public of the different hazards ash fall poses on the agricultural sector, and summate past mitigation techniques used to combat potential hazards presented by volcanic activity.