The Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans

The Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans


The Magmas and Volcanoes Laboratory (LMV) is a joint research unit of Clermont-Auvergne University, affiliated with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, UMR 6524), the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD, UMR 163) and Jean Monnet University in Saint Etienne. It is one of two laboratories of the Clermont-Ferrand GlobalPhysics Observatory (OPGC).

The LMV is also the Earth Science teaching department of Clermont-Auvergne University.

The LMV is spread over several sites, including the main one at Clermont-Auvergne University, a site at Jean Monnet University, and several secondary sites outside of metropolitan France (Ecuador, Peru and Indonesia). It has developed around three missions :
• Fundamental research to understanding magmatic and volcanic
processes from deep within the Earth’s mantle to the surface and atmosphere;
• Long-term observation to monitor volcanic activity and hazards and
to better mitigate associated risks;
• Collaborative research with partner organizations in Latin America
and Asia through cooperation programmes.

The LMV carries out research and development in the fields of volcanology, petrology and geochemistry, addressing fundamental questions related to volcano science and magma genesis. It employs state-of-the-art technology and techniques in the fields of experimental petrology, mineralogy, geophysics, isotopic and elemental geochemistry,
materials science, and field- and laboratory-based volcanology, and it houses a large array of experimental equipment and analytical instrumentation for the chemical and physical characterization of rocks and minerals.
Since 2011, the LMV has coordinated, in partnership with teams from five other Clermont-Auvergne laboratories and the OPGC, the Laboratory of Excellence ClerVolc (Clermont Centre of Volcano Research) one of the winners of the first wave of government-financed “Investments in the Future” programmes. ClerVolc addresses the needs of modern volcano research through a mix of both pure and applied multidisciplinary research.

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