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The 2020-21 Eruption of La Soufrière Volcano, St Vincent

Product Code: SP539
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by R.E.A. Robertson, E.P. Joseph, J. Barclay and R.S.J. Sparks
Publication Date: 03 January 2024
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Special Publication 539

Volcanic eruptions are complex and inherently uncertain, making the management of a potentially explosive eruption on a small island with limited resources extremely difficult. This volume presents scientific findings from the 2020–21 eruption of La Soufrière Volcano, on the island of St Vincent in the Eastern Caribbean. This involved three months of effusive activity that escalated rapidly to 13 days of explosive activity, beginning with an intense two days of near-continuous ash venting and explosions. The book contains an introduction and 17 papers, split into two parts: the first presents geological and volcanological advances, whereas the second documents and analyses the impacts of the eruption and the challenges presented for the management of the volcanic crisis. This volume represents both significant contributions to the knowledge of the Soufrière eruptive system and important insights into the ways and means by which volcanic eruptions of this type impact on populations at risk. It also provides detailed insights into the most effective communication processes through this type of crisis.

Published online on the Lyell Collection 05 January 2024. The online content for this title is Open Access.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9781786205964
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 408
Weight: 1.1 kg



Robertson, R. E. A., Barclay, J., Joseph, E. P. and Sparks, R. S. J. An overview of the eruption of La Soufrière Volcano, St Vincent 2020–21 

Geological and volcanological advances 

Stinton, A. J. Growth and evolution of the lava dome and coulée during the 2020–21 eruption of La Soufrière, St Vincent 

Camejo-Harry, M., Pascal, K., Euillades, P., Grandin, R., Hamling, I., Euillades, L., Contreras-Arratia, R., Ryan, G. A., Latchman, J. L., Lynch, L. and Jo, M. Monitoring volcano deformation at La Soufrière, St Vincent during the 2020–21 eruption with insights into its magma plumbing system architecture 

Sparks, R. S. J., Aspinall, W. P., Barclay, J., Renfrew, I. A., Contreras-Arratia, R. and Stewart, R. Analysis of magma flux and eruption intensity during the 2021 explosive activity at La Soufrière, St Vincent, West Indies 

Cole, P. D., Barclay, J., Robertson, R. E. A., Mitchell, S., Davies, B. V., Constantinescu, R., Sparks, R. S. J., Aspinall, W. and Stinton, A. Explosive sequence of La Soufrière, St Vincent, April 2021: insights into drivers and consequences via eruptive products 

Constantinescu, R., White, J. T., Connor, C., Cole, P., Fontijn, K., Barclay, J. and Robertson, R. Estimation of eruption source parameters for the 2021 La Soufrière eruption (St. Vincent): implications for quantification of eruption magnitude on volcanic islands 

Morrison-Evans, B., Melekhova, E. and Blundy, J. Experimental insight into basaltic andesite lava dome oxidation textures at La Soufrière, St Vincent 

Stinton, A., Sparks, R. S. J. and Huppert, H. E. Analysis of magma rheology from lava spreading and explosive activity during the 2020–21 eruption of La Soufrière, St Vincent, with implications for eruption dynamics 

Weber, G., Blundy, J., Barclay, J., Pyle, D. M., Cole, P., Frey, H., Manon, M., Davies, B. V. and Cashman, K. Petrology of the 2020–21 effusive to explosive eruption of La Soufrière Volcano, St Vincent: insights into plumbing system architecture and magma assembly mechanism 

Frey, H. M., Manon, M. R., Barclay, J., Davies, B. V., Walters, S. A., Cole, P. D., Christopher, T. E. and Joseph, E. P. Petrology of the explosive deposits from the April 2021 eruption of La Soufrière volcano, St Vincent: a time-series analysis of microlites 

Esse, B., Burton, M., Hayer, C., Contreras-Arratia, R., Christopher, T., Joseph, E. P., Varnam, M. and Johnson, C. SO2 emissions during the 2021 eruption of La Soufrière, St Vincent, revealed with back-trajectory analysis of TROPOMI imagery 

Phillips, J., Barclay, J., Cole, P., Johnson, M., Miller, V. and Robertson, R. Impacts and prospective hazard analysis of rainfall-triggered lahars on St Vincent 2021–22 

Latchman, J. L. and Aspinall, W. La Soufrière volcano, St Vincent, eruption 2020–21: assessing unrest and eruptive states from limited volcano-seismic data 

Gueugneau, V., Charbonnier, S., Miller, V. L., Cole, P., Grandin, R. and Dualeh, E. W. Modelling pyroclastic density currents of the April 2021 La Soufrière, St Vincent eruption: from rapid invasion maps to field-constrained numerical simulations 

Impacts of the eruption and challenges for management of the volcanic crisis 

Horwell, C. J., Damby, D. E., Stewart, C., Joseph, E. P., Barclay, J., Davies, B. V., Mangler, M. F., Marvin, L. G., Najorka, J., Peek, S. and Tunstall, N. Physicochemical hazard assessment of ash and dome rock from the 2021 eruption of La Soufrière, St Vincent, for the assessment of respiratory health impacts and water contamination 

Graham, O., Thomas, T., Hicks, A., Edwards, S., Juman, A., Ramroop, A. and Robertson, R. Facts, faith and Facebook: science communication during the 2020–21 La Soufrière, St Vincent volcanic eruption 

Mani, L., Edwards, S., Joseph, E., Juman, A. and Thomas, T. Evaluating the crisis communications campaign during the 2020–21 eruption of La Soufrière, St Vincent 

Ferdinand, I. and Badenock, K. Emergency shelters fleeing La Soufrière: a case study from the April 2021 volcanic eruption in St Vincent and the Grenadines 



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