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Claire Cooper Claire Cooper

Contact details

School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK



Project title:

Volcano-climate interactions in the Holocene

Project overview

This project attempts to investigate the proposed link between global climate change and changes in volcanic activity, with a focus on northern Europe and the Icelandic volcanoes. The bulk of the project is concerned with establishing whether this relationship can be seen during past periods of climate change in the Holocene through analysis of peat and lake sediment cores from various sites across northwestern Europe. We will investigate sites in Ireland, England and northern Sweden.


The research questions currently guiding my project are:

  • Can past warming events be linked to volcanic ‘flare-ups’?
  • Why have so few tephra layers been identified in European sediments dating     from the early Holocene?
  • Do numerical models of the unloading effect predict a change in the frequency of large eruptions, given current projections of climate change?
  • How significant would such a change in volcanic be to modern society?


Research Affiliations


Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship

Short Curriculum Vitae

Educational Qualifications

  • BSc Geography, Imperial College London (Royal School of Mines). 2015
  • MSc Volcanology, University of Bristol. 2016

Professional Membership

  • Associate of the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London. 2015
  • Member of the Priestley International Centre for Climate. 2016

Academic Employment

  • Research Technician (Grade D), School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol. June 2016 – September 2016
  • Field Research Assistant, Operation Wallacea: Honduras. July 2013


Cooper, C.L., Swindles, G.T., Savov, I.P., Schmidt, A. and Bacon, K.L. 2018. Evaluating the relationship between climate change and volcanism. Earth Science Reviews, 177, 238-247

Swindles, G.T., Watson, E.J., Savov, I.P., Lawson, I.T., Schmidt, A., Hooper, A., Cooper, C.L., Connor, C.B., Gloor, M. and Carrivick, J.L. In Press. Climatic control on Icelandic volcanic activity during the mid-Holocene. Geology.