Ralf Gertisser featured in volcano documentary

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Inside the 1815 Tambora caldera with the team from Leonardo Films. Photo: Ralf Gertisser

Posted on 02 October 2017

 ‌Dr Ralf Gertisser featured in volcano documentary on ARTE TV


Tambora volcano

Dr Ralf Gertisser, volcanologist and Senior Lecturer in Mineralogy and Petrology, featured in a German TV production on the great eruption of Tambora volcano, Indonesia in 1815. The Tambora eruption, the largest and most disastrous volcanic eruption in recent history, was responsible for more than 100,000 fatalities globally, and led to worldwide climate perturbations and harsh and severe weather, notably in Europe and North America, with many dramatic consequences and social disorder. The film “The volcano that changed the world” from Elmar Bartlmae and Florian Breier, produced by Leonardo Films GmbH, was broadcast three times on the TV channel ARTE in September 2017.


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Self, S., Gertisser, R., Thordarson, T., Rampino, M.R. & Wolff, J.A. (2004). Magma volume, volatile emissions, and stratospheric aerosols from the 1815 eruption of Tambora. Geophysical Research Letters, 31, doi:10.1029/2004GL020925.