Dr Simon Kemp
Facility Leader - Mineralogy, Petrology and Biostratigraphy
British Geological Survey
Simon Kemp is the Facility Leader for Mineralogy, Petrology and Biostratigraphy in BGS including techniques such as X-ray diffraction, clay mineralogy, surface area, thermal analysis, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, electron microanalysis, thin section production, autoradiography, industrial minerals, biostratigraphical preparation and analysis. Related research interests include improved methods of mineral quantification using X-ray diffraction analysis, Rietveld software and spray drying techniques. Recent volcanic-related work has included analysis of dust content and respirable silica from Montserrat and quantitative XRD to look at the composition of potable water and respirable silica content from Nyiragongo volcano, Goma, Congo.
Download our pamphlets on preparing for ashfall and on the health hazards of ash. They are designed for mass distribution at the onset of new eruptions. They are now avaiable in English, Japanese, French Spanish, Portuguese, Swahili, Indonesian and Icelandic with Italian versions being available shortly. Please see our Pamphlets page for further infomation.
FACE MASK USE
IVHHN has an article under the Guidelines tab which used to be called 'Recommended Face Masks'. This has now been updated to 'Information on face masks' and is an interim page whilst the Health Interventions in Volcanic Eruptions project investigates which types of respiratory protection are effective in protecting the general population from volcanic ash inhalation. Please note that the translations in Spanish, Japanese and Portuguese have not yet been updated.