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When: Wednesday, March 11th, 2020
Time: 6:30 pm — 7:30 pm
Location:Sunnyside Branch of the Ottawa Public Library at 1049 Bank Street (at Aylmer Ave in Old Ottawa South)
Audience:Anyone, 613-520-2600 x 8760

Guest Speaker: Brian Cousens, Professor and Chair, Department of Earth Sciences

Being able to predict the occurrence to two earth sciences phenomena – earthquakes and volcanic eruptions – is of great importance to society. Sudden volcanic eruptions, commonly explosive, can cause extensive property damage and death to local populations. Volcanic eruptions are difficult to predict unless the geological history of the volcano is well known and if monitoring instruments are deployed around the volcano.

Volcanoes with nearby volcano observatories are well understood, such as Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii, and warnings of activity at the volcano can be delivered to the public in a matter of hours. But most volcanoes lack such detailed monitoring. In this talk, Prof. Cousens will discuss how volcanologists evaluate the danger of a volcano erupting, and the high-tech tools they use to do so.

Learn more about Prof. Cousens’ research by visiting his faculty page.

About the Science Café

Explore science through Carleton University’s popular Science Café series, held twice a month during the fall and winter terms at the Sunnyside Branch of the Ottawa Public Library at 1049 Bank Street (at Aylmer Ave in Old Ottawa South). Each café begins at 6:30 p.m. with a 20-minute talk by a scientist followed by a 40-minute open question and answer period.

Come and join us for a lively discussion around a scientific issue of the day. Be prepared to be informed, engaged and even amused, as our professors share their scientific discoveries with you. All are welcome. For more information, please contact the Faculty of Science by email at or by telephone at 613-520-4388.

View the Science Café Winter 2020 Schedule