Iceland volcano update

Wednesday 28, April 2010


Iceland volcano update


Eruptions from Eyjafjallajökull are continuing periodically with debris being emitted into the atmosphere. Weather patterns over the next few days mean that any new areas of ash will be mainly blown away from the UK.



The Met Office is continuing to provide timely advice to NATS and CAA about the dispersion of the volcanic ash in line with the new engine tolerance criteria set earlier this week by the CAA and the aviation industry.


The MET Office uses multiple dispersion models endorsed by the international meteorological community. The output from the Met Office volcanic ash dispersion model has been compared with their neighbouring VAACs in Canada and France since the beginning of this incident and the results are consistent.


The results from our model have been verified by observations of volcanic ash from a variety of sources, including from instruments carried by Met Office, FAAM and NERC research aircraft, balloon and land based LIDARS. Recent observations have shown a significant reduction in observed ash, consistent with prevailing winds.




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