Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Susanna Jenkins

Assistant Professor, Asian School of the Environment
Principal Investigator, Earth Observatory of Singapore

Email: susanna.jenkins@ntu.edu.sg
Phone: +65 65927753
Office: N2 01B 23
Asst Prof Susanna Jenkins

Biography
Susanna Jenkins is a Principal Investigator with the Volcano Group at Earth Observatory Singapore. Her research focusses on volcanic hazard and risk assessment. She studied Geology and Geophysical Hazards in the UK (University of Leeds and University College London, respectively) and received her PhD from Macquarie University in Australia. Susanna held a post-doctoral position in Cambridge and an AXA research fellowship post at the University of Bristol prior to joining NTU.
Research Interests
My research interests lie in volcanic hazard, vulnerability and risk assessment for the purpose of disaster risk reduction. I achieve this through the use of numerical models, field studies and the statistical interrogation of large datasets.

Recent research has focussed on investigating techniques and frameworks for probabilistic hazard and risk assessment. This includes the development of large-scale multi-source ash dispersal models that calculate the total ash hazard at a site, rather than from a volcano (used for the 2015 UN-ISDR Global Assessment Report), and the quantification of likely hazards and physical impacts arising from volcanic eruptions, through pre- and post-eruption field studies and numerical modelling.

Research areas include Indonesia, Philippines, Italy, Iceland, Cape Verde and the Lesser Antilles.
Current Projects
  • Assessing the risk from natural 'Black Swans' through the lens of Counterfactual Analysis
  • Eruption Impacts and Recovery
  • Evaluating Unrest and Potential Hazards at Changbaishan Volcano, China
  • Geology and Geohazards
  • Hazard Scenario Dataset
  • Volcanic Ash Hazard And Impacts
  • Volcanic Risk Assessment in Asia
  • World bank challenge
Selected Publications
  • Jenkins, S.F., Komorowski, J.-C., Baxter, P.J., Charbonnier, S.C., Cholik, N., Surono.(2016). The devastating impact of the 2010 eruption of Merapi volcano,, Indonesia. In J. Duarte and W.P. Schellart(Ed), Plate Boundaries and Natural Hazards. Geodynamic SeriesISBN: 9781119053972: American Geophysical Union and Wiley/Blackwell.
  • Loughlin, S.C., Brown, S.K., Jenkins, S.F., Sparks, R.S.J. and Vye-Brown, C. (Editors). (2015). Global volcanic hazard and risk. Cambridge University Press [Open Access: www.cambridge.org/volcano].
  • Jenkins, S.F., Barsotti, S., Hincks, T.K., Neri, A., Phillips, J.C., Sparks, R.S.J., Sheldrake, T. and Vougioukalakis, G. (2015). Rapid emergency assessment of ash and gas hazard for future eruptions at Santorini Volcano, Greece [Open Access]. Journal of Applied Volcanology, 4(1), 16.
  • Jenkins, S.F., Phillips, J.C., Price, R., Feloy, K., Sri Hadmoko, D. and de Bélizal, E. (2015). Developing building damage scales for lahars: Application to Merapi volcano, Indonesia. Bulletin of Volcanology, 77(9), 1-17.
  • Jenkins, S.F., Spence, R.J.S., Fonseca, J., Solidum, R.U. and Wilson, T.M. (2014). Volcanic risk assessment: Quantifying physical vulnerability in the built environment. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 276, 105-120.

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