Geology for Global Development

Friday Photo (89) – Satellite Monitoring of Volcanoes


In order to monitor the earth movements in the Phlegraean Fields, near Naples, the Osservatorio Vesuviano, together with other national and international research institutions, has installed two artificial reflectors which can monitor slow ground movement over specific features or locations of interest. The parabolic antenna is used to transmit the data to a geo-stationary satellite, which then transmits this data to several research agencies. Reflected signals are analyzed to provide a detailed time series of movement occurring at each artificial reflector location.

Credit: Christopher Dimech. You can read more about Christopher’s work in his guest blog.

(c) Geology for Global Development 2013

Rosalie is the Himalayas Programme Officer for Geology for Global Development and writer for the GfGD blog. She is a geochemistry PhD student at University College London.

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