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The Alaska Volcano Observatory 1988-2008 23 April 2008

Posted by admin in Alaska, anniversaries, volcano monitoring, volcanology.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory is currently marking its twentieth anniversary, and a profile of the AVO appears today at AlaskaReport.com. Among other things it explains what a difference technology has made to volcano monitoring and hazard mitigation since the AVO was set up in 1988.

The last two decades have seen the development of satellite sensors that allow people to check for volcano hotspots several times a day, precise GPS receivers that enable scientists to watch volcanoes inflate and deflate, infrasound sensors that record sudden changes in air pressure during explosive eruptions, and the advent of a helpful tool called the Internet.

The article is written by Ned Rozell, a science writer at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute (one of the partners behind the AVO).

Twenty years of the Alaska Volcano Observatory – AlaskaReport.com, 22 April 2008

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