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Arthur Jolly

Research geophysicist with interests in  seismology and aero-acoustics of volcanoes.  My research is focused on the indicators of unrest at volcanoes before an eruption has occurred and consequent hazards during and after eruptive activity.

I began my academic career in volcanology as seismic analyst in Alaska and then focused on research on the seismicity of the Katmai group volcanos, the Soufriere Hills volcano in Montserrat and volcanoes in the south Pacific including Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, Whakaari (White Island) in New Zealand and Yasur, and Ambae volcanoes in Vanuatu.  In addition to work as a monitoring volcano seismologist, I have undertaken research to identify unrest and eruption for phreatic and magmatic systems.  I am also interested in eruption consequences and I have worked to improve seismic and acoustic characterization of eruptions and mass flow events at volcanoes.

I have worked as a volcano seismologist at the Alaska Volcano Observatory, Montserrat Volcano Observatory and for the New Zealand GeoNet project.  I am currently a monitoring and research scientist at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.  

I have worked as part of the monitoring team during eruption episodes including Redoubt, Alaska (1990), Spurr, Alaska (1991), Soufriere Hills, Montserrat (1999, 2001, 2003), Redoubt, New Zealand  (2007), Te Maari (Tongariro) New Zealand (2012), Whakaari, New Zealand ( 2012-2013, 2016, 2019).  I have also supported the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (VMGD) as part of their eruption responses to Mt. Gharat (Gaua) (2013), Ambae (2018-2019) and Ambrym (2018).

I have undertaken volcano seismology and volcano acoustic research for a wide range of eruption styles from hydrothermal/phreatic/strombolian/dome forming and collapse/vulcanian and effusive volcanic systems.

I have an interest in characterizing eruptions, understanding the energetics of post eruption events including pyroclastic density currents and lahar and the range of energetics for effusive and explosive eruptions.  I am also interested in field experimental methods in volcanology that may support the development of improved eruption monitoring and hazards characterization/assessments.

I am part of the editorial teams for both the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research and Earth, Planets and Space.