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Icelandic volcanoes

Ash plume from the eruption of the Grímsvötn volcano in 2011 (Credit: Icelandic Met Office)

The Met Office as a Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre is responsible for monitoring the spread of ash over the UK, Iceland and the north-eastern part of the North Atlantic Ocean.

When low-level eruptions increase significantly, we run our ash cloud model so as to advise the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and National Air Traffic Services (NATS) where the ash is likely to be. CAA, BAA, airlines and airports, can take this information into account when they make decisions about flights.

Find out more about volcanic activity in Iceland in the links below:

Last updated: Oct 9, 2016 9:36 AM