Nishida Prize

Luca Caricchi


Understanding the physical processes controlling the storage and transport of magma in the lithosphere and the distribution of magnitude and frequency of volcanic eruptions

A list of five major papers

  • Caricchi L. (2022). Supergiant porphyry Cu deposits are failed large eruptions. Communications Earth and Environment. Doi: 10.1038/s43247- 022-00440-7.
  • Giordano G., Caricchi L. (2022). Determining the state of activity of transcrustal magmatic systems and their volcanoes. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Science. In press, doi: 10.1146/annurev-earth-032320-084733
  • Caricchi L., Townsend M., Rivalta E., Namiki A. (2021). The build-up and triggers of volcanic eruptions. Nature Reviews Earth and Environment. Doi: 10.1038/s43017-021-00174-8
  • Caricchi L., Simpson G., Schaltegger G. 2014, Zircons reveal magma fluxes in the Earth’s crust: Nature 511, 457-461.
  • Caricchi L., Annen C., Blundy J., Simpson G., Pinel V. 2014, Frequency and magnitude of volcanic eruptions controlled by magma injection and buoyancy: Nature Geoscience 7, 126–130.

Major achievements

Dr. Luca Caricchi started his scientific career working on rheology and physical properties of magmas. He then proposed novel models describing how magma flux affects the properties of crust and of volcanic plumbing systems, which provide a framework to relate magma productivity, transport and the magnitude and frequency of volcanic eruptions. His research is unique in the wide range of methods, including laboratory experiments, field surveys, petrological and chronological analyses, and machine learning methods that he employs in order to test and refine his models. His ground-breaking proposal of how magma flux in the crust can be estimated from zircon chronological analysis is particularly noteworthy as a new approach that shows how physical models can be connected with petrological and geological data. His research interests are broad, ranging from the magnitude and frequency of volcanic eruptions to the genesis of magmatic ore deposits. He is active internationally through research and educational activities in various countries including Japan. He is currently secretary of the Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology section of the American Geophysical Union and editor of international journals. Dr. Luca Caricchi is a worthy recipient of the Nishida Prize.


Simon Wallis


Jon Blundy, Peter Ulmer