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Multidisciplinary Volcanology

Multidisciplinary Volcanology


ERC Sectors

PE10_10 - Mineralogy, petrology, igneous petrology, metamorphic petrology


Research activity

The research is oriented to the acquisition and processing of petrological, geochemical and geophysical data on active volcanoes in geodynamic contexts. Particular attention is given to the study of single volcanoes based on data acquired directly on the ground, from satellite and in the laboratory. The study of single eruptive events occurs both on the basis of direct and instrumental observations (monitoring of the isotopes of the radon offspring and other gases, soil and satellite thermal analyzes, soil measurements on the geometry of eruptive bodies and lava flows).
Part of the research activity focuses on the petrographic and minerochemical determination of the equilibrium paragenesis present in the collected samples (lavas, xenoliths, veins, comagmatic nodules, etc.) and interpreted in synductive or post-eruptive contexts. The acquisition of compositional data allows the estimation of P-T regimes linked to the crystallization of magmas, the latter correlated with the depths that accompanied the crystallization processes in the pre-eruptive phase. The geochemical modeling allows to reconstruct the dynamics inside the magma chamber, which can be decoded through the intersection with the geophysical data. Several studies are currently underway on Italian and foreign volcanoes. Thesis students are given the opportunity to develop independent projects on individual volcanoes.

(a)The Miravalles volcano in the homonymous caldera. (b) The Nakadake cone in the Aso caldera. (c) Stromboli's lava flow of August 2014 and (d) structural scheme of the feeding system.

Research targets:

The objective of this research is to apply a multidisciplinary approach to the study and monitoring of volcanic systems. This includes the integration of data from terrain, from satellite, from laboratory analysis and modelling aimed at improving our knowledge of the eruptive dynamics.

-Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, dell'Ambiente e delle Risorse, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (M. D’Antonio)
- IPGP, Institute de Physique du Globe, Paris, France (A. Finizola)
 -Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università di Firenze, Laboratorio di Geofisica Sperimentale (M. Ripepe)
- INGV, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Roma (M. Carpezza, T. Ricci)
- Escuela Centroamericana de Geológia, Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica, collaborazione in attività di ricerca sui vulcani attivi di Costa Rica (G. Alvarado)
- Aso Volcanological Laboratory, Institute for Geothermal Sciences Kyoto University, Giappone (T. Shibata)


Cigolini C., Coppola D., Yokoo A., Laiolo M. (2018) The thermal signature of Aso Volcano during unrest episodes detected from space and ground-based measurements. Earth Planets & Space,70, art. N. 67.
Cigolini C., Taticchi T., Alvarado G.E., Laiolo M., Coppola D. (2018) Geological, petrological and geochemical framework of Miravalles-Guayabo caldera and related lavas, NW Costa Rica. J. Volcanology and Geoth. Res. (under review)
Cigolini C., Laiolo M., Coppola D. (2015). Revisiting the last major eruptions of Stromboli volcano: inferences on the role of volatiles during magma storage and decompression. In Zellmer, G. F., Edmonds, M. & Straub, S. M. (eds) The Role of Volatiles in the Genesis, Evolution and Eruption of Arc Magmas. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 410, 143–177.
Cigolini C., M. Laiolo, G. Ulivieri, D. Coppola, M. Ripepe (2013) Radon mapping, automatic measurements and extremely high 222Rn emissions during the 2002–2007 eruptive scenarios at Stromboli volcano, J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res., 264, 49- 65.
Cigolini C., Laiolo M., Bertolino S. (2008). Probing Stromboli Volcano from the Mantle to Paroxysmal Eruptions. In: G. Zellmer & C. Annen Eds. “Dynamics of Crustal Magma Transfer, Storage, and Differentiation – integrating geochemical and geophysical constraints” Geological Society London 304, pp. 33-70. DOI: 10.1144/SP304.3.
Cigolini C., Di Martino M., Laiolo M., Coppola D., Rossetti P., Morelli M. (2012) Endogenous and non-impact origin of the Arkenu Circular Structures, al-Kufrah Basin (SE Libya), METEORITICS & PLANETARY SCIENCE (ISSN:1945-5100), pp. 1- 17. Vol. 47/12
Cigolini C. (2007). Petrography and thermobarometry of high-pressure ultramafic ejecta from Mount Vesuvius, Italy: inferences on the deep feeding system. PERIODICO DI MINERALOGIA. vol. 76 (2-3), pp. 5-24 (Special Volume in honor of E. Callegari).


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