Cellular Automata Models of Lava Flow
at the East Pacific Rise

I am currently working to develop cellular automata models of submarine lava flows in order to understand a recent eruption on the East Pacific Rise. More details to come ...


The animation below shows results from a cellular automata model that simulates the flow of lava within the axial summit trough near 9° 50' N on the East Pacific Rise. Currently this simulation is based on the model of Miyamoto and Sasaki (1997), which was developed for subaerial lava flows. I am now working to incorporate a cooling model that will make this model valid for submarine flows.


Miyamoto, H., and S. Sasaki (1997) Simulating Lava Flows by an Improved Cellular Automata Method. Computers & Geosciences, 23(3), 283-292.