Jean-François Smekens

Jean-François Smekens

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

I am a physical volcanologist working as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the department. My research focuses on volcanic degassing, one of the main drivers of volcanic degassing. I use quantitative observations of both the magnitude and the composition of degassing on a range of timescales (and with a series of methods from direct sampling to satellite measurements) as a tool to understand the mechanics taking place within the plumbing system under the volcano, and which ultimately control the type of activity seen at the surface. I apply a range of remote sensing and spectroscopic techniques to the detection of eruptive products (ash and gas) on Earth and on other planetary bodies.

[5]  Smekens, J-F., and Gouhier, M. (2018): Observation of SO2 Degassing at Stromboli Volcano using a Hyperspectral Thermal Infrared Imager. J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res.,

[4]  Smekens, J-F., Clarke, A.B., Burton, M.R., Harijoko, A., and Wibowo, H. (2015): SO2  emissions at Semeru volcano, Indonesia: characterization and quantification of persistent periodic explosive activity. J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res., 300: 121-128,

[3]  Smekens, J-F., Burton, M.R., and Clarke, A.B. (2015): Validation of the SO2 camera for high temporal and spatial resolution monitoring of SO2 emissions. J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res., 300: 37-47,

[2]  Kern, C., Lübcke, P., Bobrowski, N., Campion, R., Mori, T., Smekens, J-F., Stebel, K., Tamburello, G., Burton, M., Platt, U., and Prata, F. (2015): Inter-comparison of SO2 camera systems for imaging volcanic gas plumes. J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res., 300: 22-36,

[1]  Vanderkluysen, L., Burton, M.R., Clarke, A.B., Hartnett, H.E., and Smekens, J-F. (2014): Composition and flux of explosive gas release at LUSI mud volcano (East Java, Indonesia). G3,