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Progress in the Infrared Remote Sensing of Volcanic Activity

Version 1 : Received: 4 October 2016 / Approved: 5 October 2016 / Online: 5 October 2016 (11:54:54 CEST)

A peer-reviewed article of this Preprint also exists.

Blackett, M. An Overview of Infrared Remote Sensing of Volcanic Activity. J. Imaging 2017, 3, 13. Blackett, M. An Overview of Infrared Remote Sensing of Volcanic Activity. J. Imaging 2017, 3, 13.

Journal reference: J. Imaging 2017, 3, 13
DOI: 10.3390/jimaging3020013

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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