Kate Laxton

Kate Laxton

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Kate Laxton

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Start Year

2017 (Cohort 4)

Research interests:

Volcanology – Monitoring, Hazards, Impacts and Communications

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PhD Project
PhD Title

Monitoring degassing behaviour and eruption precursors at Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano, Tanzania

Research Theme

Natural and Biological Hazards

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Secondary Supervisor
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Additional supervisor(s)

Dr. Emma Liu ((Earth Sciences, UCL)),


The East African Rift System plays host to some of the Earth’s most unique and hazardous volcanoes. Among them is Oldoinyo Lengai volcano in northern Tanzania, characterised by some of the most remarkable features observed of any terrestrial volcano and capable of producing violent pyroclastic eruptions. Ol Doinyo Lengai is one of the most persistently high-CO2 degassing volcanoes worldwide, yet its remoteness has made it difficult for scientists to access regularly. This project will investigate novel sampling techniques to quantify the day-to-day degassing behaviour of Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano. The overarching goal of this project is to contribute towards international efforts to set up a local, long-term monitoring partnership.

Policy Impact
Background Reading
Grants and awards
  • Reservoirs and Fluxes – Expedition to Ol Doinyo Lengai – Deep Carbon Observatory
  • DCO VMSG 2019 ECR Bursary – Deep Carbon Observatory
  • UCL-ROME Partnership – Cities partnerships Programme
News & Blogs

UCL ES News, DCO funded expedition to Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano, Tanzania
Expedition to Ol Doinyo Lengai Volcano, Tanzania 2019, DMM Professional
Vismo Reaches New Heights at Ol Doinyo Lengai Volcano, Tanzania, Vismo Global Tracking Solutions
Satellite phone solution, Professional Security Magazine Online
Field Report: Ol Doinyo Lengai Volcano, Tanzania, Deep Carbon Observatory

Conferences and Workshops
  • Janet Watson Meeting (February 2019). Talk
  • Invited Talk – VUB (December 2019). Talk: Unusual techniques for an unusual volcano – Monitoring Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano, Tanzania.
  • Cambridge Volcanology Seminar (November 2019). Talk: Unusual techniques for an unusual volcano: monitoring at Ol Doinyo Lengai.

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