The purpose of this program is to train the next generation of volcano
researchers, who will deepen our understanding of diverse volcanic phenomena,
advance leading-edge volcanology research with strong international collaboration,
and take on the challenge of disaster science mitigating volcanic hazards
in a developed society.
We (Ibaraki University) is one of the member of the consortium of universities and research institutions. The goal of this consortium is to create an environment that provides systematic learning in interdisciplinary volcanology. See detail on the website!
Studied areas (from N to S):
1) Akan, Kutcharo, Mashu caldera volcanoes, Hokkaido
2) Nigorikawa caldera volcano, Hokkaido
3) Naruko, Onikobe caldera volcanoes, Miyagi
4) Azuma volcano, Fukushima
5) Nasu volcanic group, Fukushima to Tochigi
6) Miocene (non-active) volcano, Ibaraki
7) Akagi and Haruna volcanoes, Gumma
8) Miyakejima volcano, Izu Islands, Tokyo
9) Maar type volcanoes in Japan/Cameroon
10) Caldera type volcanoes in New zealand
We have Volcanologic Field Course in the curriculum. The aim of the field courses is to obtain the skill for field survey to understand a diversity of volcanoes, such as shape of volcanoes, style of eruptions, volcanic products, and volcanic hazards. To interpretate volcanic activity, we observe topography of volcano and volcanic products. On the basis of the observation, we can discuss about volcanic processes. We go to 1) Shikostu, Toya, Yotei volcanoes in Hokkaido, 2) Azuma, Adatara, Bandai volcanoes in Fukushima, 3) Nasu volxanic group in Tochigi, 4) Asama, Kusatsu volcanoes in Gumma, and 5) Fuji volcano!!
We also have open seminars to contribute local community. The most popular one is "Kitchen Volcanology" to undertand volcanic processes by using yummy foods. 1) Chocolate lava (how to flow and make topography, and where will be damaged in the city?), 2) Coffee siphon (how to make magma rise), 3) Foam candy (how to make pumice), 4) Crush and explode wheat gluten (how will ash disperse by wind?). You can join us anytime!!
We need relax time after hard work:) Every year, we have welcome (ice breaker) party with new members on May, Fieldwork kickoff party on Jul, New year party on Jan, and Farewell party on Feb/Mar. We enjoy leasure and sports events, too!!
Department of Earth Sciences,
College of Science,
Mito 310-8512, Japan