Dr Anja Schmidt

Academic Research Fellow


School of Earth and Environment
University of Leeds, LS2 9JT, Leeds, UK


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Research Expertise


Anja is an Academic Research Fellow in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds. Anja combines expertise in atmospheric science and volcanology to advance the current understanding of volcanic impacts and hazards. In particular, she investigates the impact of volcanism on atmospheric chemistry, climate, air quality, human health, ecosystems and aviation using a wide range of atmospheric models and volcanological datasets. Using an advanced computer model, her research has shown that volcanic gases and airborne particles from future Laki-type Icelandic eruptions could pose a health hazard across Europe, leading to well over 100,000 deaths.. UK Government contingency planning now takes account of the hazards a Laki-type eruption could pose for society.

Anja also works closely with the UK Met Office’s Atmospheric Dispersion group using the NAME dispersion model to, for example, investigate air quality impacts due to volcanic eruptions. She also applies her atmospheric chemistry and aerosol modelling skills to non-volcanic topics in atmospheric and climate sciences.


Relevant Publications



Schmidt, A. (in press): Volcanic gas and aerosol hazards from a future Laki-type eruption in Iceland. In: Elsevier Volume #2 of the Hazards, Disaster & Risks Series: Volcanoes.
Schmidt, A., Ostro, B., Carslaw, K.S., Wilson, M., Thordarson, T., Mann, G.W. and Simmons, A. (2011): Excess mortality in Europe following a future Laki-style Icelandic eruption, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108, 38, 15710-15715.
Schmidt, A., Carslaw, K.S., Mann, G.W., Wilson, M., Breider, T.J., Pickering, S.J., and Thordarson, T. (2010): The impact of the 1783-1784 AD Laki eruption on global aerosol formation processes and cloud condensation nuclei, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 6025-6041, doi:10.5194/acp-10-6025-2010.




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