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Progress in the Infrared Remote Sensing of Volcanic Activity

  1. School of Energy, Construction and Environment, Coventry University
Version 1 : Received: 4 October 2016 / Approved: 5 October 2016 / Online: 5 October 2016 (11:54:54 CEST)

How to cite: Blackett, M. Progress in the Infrared Remote Sensing of Volcanic Activity. Preprints 2016, 2016100011 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201610.0011.v1). Blackett, M. Progress in the Infrared Remote Sensing of Volcanic Activity. Preprints 2016, 2016100011 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201610.0011.v1).

Abstract

Volcanic activity essentially consists of the transfer of heat from the Earth’ interior to the surface. The precise signature of this heat transfer relates directly to the processes underway at and within a particular volcano and this can be observed, at a safe distance, remotely, using infrared sensors that are present on Earth-orbiting satellites. For over 50 years, scientists have perfected this art using sensors intended for other purposes, and they are now in a position to determine the particular sort of activity that characterizes different volcanoes. This review will describe the theoretical basis of the discipline and then discuss the sensors available for the task and the history of their use. Challenges and opportunities for future development in the discipline are then discussed.

Subject Areas

infrared remote sensing; volcanoes; earth observation, satellites

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