Wendy Bohrson

Geological Sciences

Central Washington University

Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects


VEPP: Will it Erupt? - Predicting Volcanic Events at Kilauea - Preparing the next generation of DISASTRONAUTs part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Volcano Exploration Project: Pu`u `O`o:Examples
This is an exercise that is in development and will not be fully tested in the classroom until Spring 2011. Please check back regularly for updates and changes. Using data available from the VEPP website, students will examine time-series geophysical data (seismicity, tilt, GPS) to evaluate Kilauea during June, July and August of 2007. Based on plots of the geophysical data, students will develop hypotheses about geologic events that occurred during the time period indicated. Students will test their hypotheses by using online and library resources to find relevant geologic data. Student products include graphs, data descriptions, correlations of geophysical data sets and a final written or oral report. A second optional part of this exercise examines data from 2010 that illustrates smaller scale magmatic events and challenges students to recognize the importance of scale. Students should also recognize the implications of smaller magmatic events on the lives of the residents of Hawaii and the monitoring of Kilauea by HVO staff.

Events and Communities

Using on-line volcano monitoring data in college and university courses: The Volcano Exploration Project, Pu`u `O`o Participants