Hot Volcano Cools, Cool Volcano…

Visible & Infrared?? Images Processed at the University of Pittsburgh Watching Katla, too!

Night time plume compositional image derived from the thermal infrared data (9.25 MB)
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Pittsburgh PA, USA — From the Saturday, May 01, 2010 website of the Pittsburgh Gazette comes a very interesting article about the work of the staff at the University of Pittsburgh. Entitled Pitt expert keeps eye on second volcano, (Referring to Katla in addition to Eyjafjoll.) By Sean D. Hamill, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Volcanologist Michael Ramsey is helping to monitor the situation by aiming a NASA satellite thermal infrared (IR) camera ASTER on NASA’s Terra satellite at the volcanoes, providing data crucial to understanding what is going on.

With the Eyjafjoll volcano cooling down — a fact in part confirmed by the thermal images — “the most critical thing right now is watching the other volcano and making sure there’s no hot spot there,” said Dr. Ramsey, who is the director of Pitt’s Image Visualization and Infrared Spectroscopy Laboratory.

The other volcano is Katla, named after a mythical Icelandic witch and located about 25 miles east of Eyjafjoll. Katla has a well-recorded history of massive eruptions on a scale at least 10 times larger than Eyjafjoll, including eruptions that have altered global climate.

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