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Professor Willy Aspinall

Professor Willy Aspinall

Professor Willy Aspinall
BSc, PhD, C.Sci, C.Geol.

Emeritus Professor

Area of research

Volcanology and seismology

Office L129
Wills Memorial Building,
Queen's Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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+44 (0) 117 954 5643


Volcanology and seismology, and the formalised use of expert judgement in decision-making for low probability / high consequence events in circumstances of scientific or engineering uncertainty. Probabilistic assessment of earthquake and volcanic hazards and risks.


I received BSc and PhD degrees in Physics from the University of Durham in 1966 and 1970 respectively. From 1970 to 1983 I was a Research Fellow at the University of the West Indies. From 1983 to 1989 I was Senior Earth Scientist at Principia Mechanica Ltd, and have been Principal Consultant for Aspinall and Associates since 1989.
In 2009 I became Cabot Professor in Natural Hazards & Risk Science at the University of Bristol.
In 2010 I advised the UK Government regarding the volcanic ash clouds following eruptions at Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland.
I was awarded the William Smith Medal by The Geological Society of London in 2012. 




  • seismology
  • Volcanology
  • earthquake assessment

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