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- Make interpretations and predictions from analyzing GPS, Tilt, LiDAR, InSAR, and Seismic data from real world volcanoes.
- Graph and map your interpretations and calculate mean recurrence intervals for eruptions.
- Asses the risk for communities surrounding volcanoes and how to communicate these risks to non-scientists.
Unit 1: Monitoring Volcanic Activity at Mount St. Helens
How can data from an imminent volcanic eruption be used to forecast the risk to surrounding communities? In this unit, you will examine geodetic data (GPS and lidar) as well as seismic data to assess volcanic activity and determine the USGS alert level for the volcano. In addition, you will use a hazard map for the Mount St. Helens area to determine which towns are at risk if a large eruption occurs. As an optional activity, you can also learn how to develop a way to communicate possible risks to local communities.
Introductory/Pre- Class Work:
To prepare to learn in class about dome type eruptions during the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980, watch the following videos and follow instructions to generate a list of eruption pre-cursors. Be prepared to share these ideas in class.
- Video: Geodetic Monitoring of Volcanoes (MP4 Video 49.6MB Jan22 19)
- Video: Geodetic Monitoring of Volcanoes - closed captions (MP4 Video 49.6MB Jan16 19)
- Pre-reading & questions related to Mt St Helens
In class materials:
- Summary of your assigned data type (GPS, lidar, or seismic) In class reading: Data types for monitoring 2004 MSH activity (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 2.3MB Nov4 19).
- USGS alert levels for volcanic activity: alert level rankings from the USGS, also available as a printable page (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 144kB Jun26 19)
- Seismic data from the 1980 eruption: Unit 1 Stage 5 student seismic data (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 1.1MB Nov4 19) PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 941kB Nov4 19)
- Mount St. Helens Hazards Map: Mt St Helens hazards maps 1995 and 2014 (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 17.3MB Mar25 19)
Unit 2: Kilauea Hawai'i - Monday Morning Meeting at the USGS Hawai'i Volcano Observatory
You may have heard about recent volcanic eruptions taking place in Hawaii and the effects that they have had on the surrounding communities. How do the Volcanologists in Hawaii predict the timing and hazards of these eruptions? In this unit, you will analyze one of the four volcano monitoring data sets (GPS, Tilt, Seismic and InSAR) and then move to mixed groups to work acting as USGS scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. You group will share your data set, learn from your teammates on how to interpret the other data sets, and develop a forecast for an eruption of Pu'u O'o in the Kilauea volcano.
- Pre-Reading 1: USGS Information on Lava Flow Hazards (Acrobat (PDF) 185kB Jun5 18) and complete the Lava Flow Hazards Questions (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 200kB May31 19)
- Pre-Reading 2: Information regarding Lava Flow Diversion (Acrobat (PDF) 1.6MB Feb1 19) and complete the Lava Flow Diversion Questions (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 531kB May31 19)
- InClass Materials (Not all students will receive the same information)
- InSAR Reading (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 5.1MB May31 19) and InSAR Expert Group Questions (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 312kB May31 19)
- Seismic Reading (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 16.5MB May31 19) and Seismic Expert Group Questions (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 202kB May31 19)
- Tilt Reading (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 10MB Jul3 19) and Tilt Expert Group Questions (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 201kB May31 19)
- GPS Reading (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 7.6MB May31 19) and GPS Expert Group Questions-word (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 215kB May31 19)
- Data for all groups (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 2.7MB Jul3 19)
Unit 3: Yellowstone is active, but is it erupting?
You may have heard of Yellowstone as being a super volcano that could erupt "at any moment". Its eruption could have devastating effects on large areas of the US and Canada, but what is the likelihood of such an eruption occurring? In this unit, you will explore seismic data for the last several decades and calculate mean recurrence intervals of seismic swarm events in Yellowstone. You will also use Additional geodetic data (GPS, InSAR) to investigate whether or not seismic swarm events reflect volcanic activity. Finally, you will explain the source and causes of earthquake swarms in the context of responding to non-scientists' concerns that swarms indicate an impending eruption.
Pre-class work: To prepare for class, you will wan to read abotu Mean Recurrence Intervals (MRI) for volcanic eruptions. please read and answer questions in the following:
- Student Pre-Reading with questions embedded (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 1.7MB Jul2 19)
- Student Worksheet for digital submission (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 254kB Jul2 19)
In class materials:
- Student worksheet (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 2MB Jul2 19)
- Student Data Part 1 (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 294kB May31 19)
- Student Data Part 2 (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 6.1MB May31 19)
Unit 4: Comparing risks at different volcanoes
How are we able to asses risk level of certain volcanoes to their surrounding communities? In this unit, you will assess the risks specific to a series of volcanoes with varying properties based on the Risk equation: Risk = Hazard x Value x Vulnerability. Your final product will be a table that helps one to identify the volcano at greatest risk, taking into consideration the volcanic hazards, population characteristics and infrastructural vulnerabilities for the communities surrounding each volcano.
- Pre-Reading on Eruption Types (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 6.2MB Jan22 20) and complete work using the Student Answer Sheet (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 193kB Jul3 19) (or on the reading depending on your instructors preferences).
- In Class Handouts (different groups will receive different readings)