Elske de Zeeuw van Dalfsen

Elske de Zeeuw van Dalfsen is volcanologist at KNMI. She is tasked with the expansion of the current seismological network with continuous GNSS, at the Dutch islands of Saba and St. Eustatius, for volcano monitoring purposes. Her goal is to improve the understanding of magmatic processes at active volcanoes with the use of multiple geophysical techniques, such as GNSS, InSAR, and microgravity. In addition to operations and research, her volcanological experience includes work on hazards assessment and responses to eruption crises.


Her early career was marked by time spent working with different volcano observatories and research centres, including the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Nordic Volcanological Institute, Volcanological Survey of Indonesia, and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. She completed her PhD research on restless volcanic systems in Iceland, at the Open University in the United Kingdom in 2005. Thereafter, she continued investigations into how volcanoes work as a researcher at the Institut de Physique du Globe (IPGP) in France, the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) and since 2016 at KNMI.

Our dynamic duo of Elske and Reinoud will demonstrate how they are monitoring the seismic/volcanic activity both on Saba and elsewhere. Join them at the end of October for a hike at one of their monitoring locations to see why and how they they conduct this important research.