The ROTTnROCK team studies hydrothermal alteration, which develops progressively and imperceptibly at a given volcano and may be responsible for unexpected volcanic hazards.
We determine where alteration occurs, which is the basis to study its consequences and for developing monitoring concepts. Using drones and satellites we will monitor the location, expression, deformation and variation of alteration sites.
We study the chemical processes of alteration by our conjoint approaches, especially as changes to the alteration mineralogy. We will build a new lab and simulate alteration processes.
We study the physical processes of alteration, especially the result in changes to strength and stability. In our labs we will perform experiments simulating the geological, chemical, and physical factors of rock alteration.
We study why volcanic hazards occur without warning, and how alteration changes and controls the sites of fluid migration, eruptions, and hazards associated with volcanic collapses (faulting, dome and flank instability).