NicAIR II in Kamchatka

Following the completion of the first five NicAIR II instruments, we are pleased to announce that next week one of the instruments will be taken to Karymsky Volcano, Kamchatka as a part of a field campaign in collaboration with the University of Alaska, Fairbanks Geophysical Institute.  This is a really unique opportunity to take measurements at a highly active but rather remote volcano.  The campaign follows on from a successful campaign in 2011 where NicAIR I Was used to make measurements of emissions at the volcano. This work has been published by the UAF group and collaborators and is available here (pay-wall).   Studying the volcanoes of Kamchatka is really important as there are many flight paths over the region, which are frequently disrupted by eruptions in the region (e.g. as recently as last week, an aviation alert from Shiveluch was issued, read more here). Watch this space for updates from the field campaign, with results and pictures.

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Karymsky volcano erupting

 

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One of the new NicAIR II instruments

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The research base (and transport to-) at Karymsky