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Drone Technology Improves Ability to Forecast Volcanic Eruptions

The summit of the Manam volcano.

Specially-adapted drones have been gathering data from never-before-explored volcanoes to enable local communities to better forecast future eruptions.

Credit: UCL News

An international team of researchers led by the U.K.'s University College London modified long-range drones that collect data from active volcanoes, in order to better forecast eruptions.

The ABOVE project used drone measurements from Papua New Guinea's Manam volcano to demonstrate the ability to gain predictive insights by combining air, Earth, and satellite-based data.

Project collaborators co-developed techniques to measure gas emissions from volcanoes via drones, blending in situ aerial measurements with readings from satellites and ground-based remote sensors.

Said Alessandro Aiuppa of the University of Palermo, “Ten years ago, you could have only stared and guessed what Manam’s CO2 emissions were.”

From UCL News
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