Amandine Auriac

About me

Geologist (M.Sc.)

Ph.D. student in Geophysics

For as long as I remember, I have been passionate about and fascinated by volcanoes, and decided very young to study them in the future. After spending the first 18 years of my life in a small town in Corrèze where I was born, I left my beloved department and went to university in Clermont-Ferrand. This city is located right at the foot of the most recently active volcanoes in France (apart from the overseas french departments and territories), the so-called Chaîne des Puys, making studying and going on field excursions very interesting and motivating.

I decided to spend my third year of bachelor as an Erasmus student in Iceland. Going there was also a one of my dreams and I had such a fantastic time there that, after finishing my master degree in Geology and volcanology in Clermont-Ferrand, I applied and got accepted for a PhD position in Geophysics at the Institute of Earth Sciences, the University of Iceland.

I am currently in the third year of my PhD, hoping to be finished by the end of 2012. My work consists in studying the uplift of the crust caused by the progressive melting of the largest ice cap in Europe, Vatnajökull, using remote sensing data. I also run some numerical models and compare them to our observation to gain knowledge on the properties of the Earth. Toward the end of my project, I plan to study more the effect of this uplift on the numerous volcanoes located beneath or close by the ice cap.

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Last update: April 4th, 2012