Forte, Pablo

Place of Origin

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Appointment Time in VERTIGO
2014-09-01 – 2017-08-31
Post-Vertigo Employment

PostDoc at University of Buenos Aires, Argentina


Project Title
Volcanic ash production during long-lasting obsidian lava eruptions
Project Description

Through the analysis of physical and chemical characteristics of ash and analytical and experimental investigation of ash generation I will try to develop a mechanistic interpretation of ash formation during lava effusion eruptions and constrain the ash hazard during potentially long lasting eruptions.

Research Interests

I am very interested in the study of explosive volcanic activity, especially in volcanoes located in the southern Andean Range. Eruptions that occurred in this region of the planet during the last 10 years gave us the opportunity to see new physical processes that take place during an explosive eruption. Also these events have showed us that their impact on communities can be huge, especially the one related to ash fall. So, the topic that is capturing my attention at this moment is how to combine natural evidences found in field with laboratory experiments to understand how the ash is generated in this type of volcanism and in which way this will affect and impact on the communities. Are we able to reproduce in the lab what happens in nature? Can we through the results of these experiments help to improve the ash-related hazard models? In this sense, I am not only interested in the dynamics of explosive volcanic eruptions but also in the hazard and risk aspects associated with them.

About me

I am Geologist. I obtained my degree at the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) in 2013. I have been working with active volcanoes since 2009, particularly in Deception Island (Antarctica) and at Copahue Volcano in the southern Andes. During these years I have focused my research on the understanding of seismological and geological aspects of these volcanoes. As a complement of these activities, I was also involved in projects related to hazard and risk assessment in a village close to Copahue volcano (Caviahue).
During these last years I attended to several workshops and courses related to my research topics, being the most relevant of them the "Specialization training for the assessment and management of geological and climate related risk" (CERG-C) at the University of Geneva in 2014.
Between 2011 and 2014 I worked as a Teaching assistant for basic subjects of geological sciences in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires.