IPGP - 14RN3 - Km 27 - 97418 La Plaine des Cafres - La Réunion
Postdoctoral researcher within the ARN SlideVolc project
Volcanoes transform landscapes through complex and dynamic processes that vary on both spatial and temporal scales. Changes in the subsurface volcano plumbing system, eruptions, and emplacement of eruptive products overprint a volcano’s morphology. Observations of geomorphological alterations therefore allow us to reconstruct edifice growth mechanisms and stages, determine the effect of topography on the transport and deposition of volcanic products, and resolve essential constraints for the modelling and reconstruction of the subsurface magmatic system or ongoing geomorphological processes. This information allows us to assess a volcano’s state of activity, it’s eruptive behaviour, and related volcanic hazards.
I am specialized in the application of satellite radar remote sensing to detect and monitor volcano deformation and to study the changing morphologies of active volcanoes. I am also interested in lava flow monitoring and modelling. My current research focuses on the edifice stability and the sliding eastern flank of Piton de la Fournaise (PdF) volcano. I am primarily using spatially dense SAR satellite data, which are routinely acquired since 2003 in the framework of the OI2/SNOV/INSU Observation Service, and compute MTInSAR time series in order to assist the reconstruction of the volcano’s edifice anatomy, its inner structural dynamics, as well as related volcanic hazards.
September 2017 - PhD in Geosciences and Remote Sensing
at the University of Potsdam, Germany and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), and within the HGF Alliance “Remote Sensing and Earth System Dynamics”
September 2011 - MSc in Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing
at the FSU Jena, Germany and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO)
November 2007 - BSc in Geography
at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany (FSU Jena) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Richter, N., J. T. Salzer, E. de Zeeuw-van Dalfsen, D. Perissin, and T. R. Walter (2018): Constraints on the geomorphological evolution of the nested summit craters of Láscar Volcano from high spatio-temporal resolution TerraSAR-X interferometry. – Bulletin of Volcanology, 80(3), 21, doi:10.1007/s00445-018-1195-3.
Richter, N., M. Favalli, E. de Zeeuw-van Dalfsen, A. Fornaciai, R. M. D. S. Fernandes, N. Perez Rodriguez, J. Levy, S. Silva, and T. R. Walter (2016): Lava flow hazard at Fogo Volcano, Cabo Verde, before and after the 2014–2015 eruption. - Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 1925-1951, doi:10.5194/nhess-16-1925-2016.
Richter, N., M. P. Poland, P. R. Lundgren (2013): TerraSAR-X interferometry reveals small-scale deformation associated with the summit eruption of Kīlauea Volcano, Hawai‘i. – Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 1279-1283, doi:10.1002/grl.50286.
Maccaferri, F., N. Richter, T. R. Walter (2017): The effect of giant lateral collapses on magma pathways and the location of volcanism. – Nature Communications, 8, 1097, doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-01256-2.
de Zeeuw-van Dalfsen, E., N. Richter, G. González & T. R. Walter (2017): Geomorphology and structural development of the nested summit crater of Láscar Volcano studied with Terrestrial Laser Scanner data and analogue modelling. - Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 329, 1–12, doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2016.09.018.