More Ash Produced Than First Estimated - The Reykjavik Grapevine

More Ash Produced Than First Estimated

Published February 25, 2013

A new article produced by the University of Bristol and published in the Journal of Geophysical Research states that the amount of ash spewed into the atmosphere during the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010 was much greater than what scientists were estimating at the time, RÚV reports.
Wind direction and weather had a bearing on the original estimations made as to how much ash was being pumped into the atmosphere, and so the underestimated ash content was used in calculations made to determine flight safety. The actual amount of ash produced by the eruption is thought to be 100 times more than had been previously thought. These findings will help scientists determine how air traffic is managed during future eruptions.

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