Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
Research article
20 Jan 2021
Research article |  | 20 Jan 2021

Reproducing pyroclastic density current deposits of the 79 CE eruption of the Somma–Vesuvius volcano using the box-model approach

Alessandro Tadini, Andrea Bevilacqua, Augusto Neri, Raffaello Cioni, Giovanni Biagioli, Mattia de'Michieli Vitturi, and Tomaso Esposti Ongaro

Data sets

Estimating eruptive parameters and related uncertainties for Pyroclastic Density Currents deposits: worked examples from Somma-Vesuvius (Italy) R. Cioni, A. Tadini, L. Gurioli, A. Bertagnini, M. Mulas, A. Bevilacqua, and A. Neri

Model code and software

PyBox: a Python tool for simulating the kinematics of Pyroclastic density currents with the box-model approach Reference and User’s Guide G. Biagioli, A. Bevilacqua, T. Esposti Ongaro, and M. de'Michieli Vitturi\#VA

Short summary
In this paper we test a simplified numerical model for pyroclastic density currents or PDCs (mixtures of hot gas, lapilli and ash moving across the landscape under the effect of gravity). The aim is quantifying the differences between real and modelled deposits of some PDCs of the 79 CE eruption of Vesuvius, Italy. This step is important because in the paper it is demonstrated that this simplified model is useful for constraining input parameters for more computationally expensive models.