Measuring global volcanic degassing with the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI)
Published:January 01, 2013
S. A. Carn, N. A. Krotkov, K. Yang, A. J. Krueger, 2013. "Measuring global volcanic degassing with the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI)", Remote Sensing of Volcanoes and Volcanic Processes: Integrating Observation and Modelling, D. M. Pyle, T. A. Mather, J. Biggs
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The ultraviolet (UV) Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI), launched on NASA's Aura satellite in July 2004, was the first space-based sensor to provide operational sulphur dioxide (SO2) measurements (OMSO2) for use by the scientific community. Herein, we discuss the application of OMSO2 data for the monitoring of global volcanic SO2 emissions, with an emphasis on lower tropospheric volcanic plumes. We review the algorithms used to produce OMSO2 data and highlight some key measurement sensitivity issues. The data processing scheme used to generate web-based OMSO2 data subsets for volcanic regions and estimate SO2 burdens in volcanic plumes is outlined. We describe three techniques to derive SO2 emission rates from the OMSO2 measurements, and employ one method (using single OMI pixels to estimate SO2 fluxes) to elucidate SO2 flux detection thresholds on a global scale. Applications of OMSO2 data to volcanic degassing studies are demonstrated using four case studies. These examples show how OMSO2 measurements correlate with changes in eruptive activity at Kilauea volcano (Hawaii), constrain small, potentially significant SO2 releases from reawakening, historically inactive volcanoes, track long-term changes in SO2 degassing from Nyiragongo volcano (D.R. Congo), and detect SO2 emissions from the remote Lastarria Volcano (Chile), in the actively deforming Lazufre region.
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Volcanoes have played a profound role in shaping our planet, and volcanic activity is a major hazard locally, regionally and globally. Many volcanoes are, however, poorly accessible and sparsely monitored. Consequently, remote sensing is playing an increasingly important role in tracking volcano behaviour, while synoptic remote sensing techniques have begun to make major contributions to volcanological science. Volcanology is driven in part by the operational concerns of volcano monitoring and hazard management, but the goal of volcanological science is to understand the processes that underlie volcanic activity. This volume shows how we may reach a deeper understanding by integrating remote sensing measurements with modelling approaches and, if available, ground-based observations. It includes reviews and papers that report technical advances and document key case studies. They span a range of remote sensing applications to volcanoes, from volcano deformation, thermal anomalies and gas fluxes, to the tracking of eruptive ash and gas plumes. The result is a state-of-the-art overview of the ever-growing importance of remote sensing to volcanology.