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Remote Sens. 2010, 2(11), 2571-2583; doi:10.3390/rs2112571

Long-Term Volcanic Activity at Shiveluch Volcano: Nine Years of ASTER Spaceborne Thermal Infrared Observations  

Department of Geology and Planetary Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA
Currently at ExxonMobil, Houston, TX, USA.
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Received: 27 September 2010 / Revised: 15 November 2010 / Accepted: 16 November 2010 / Published: 17 November 2010
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Abstract

Shiveluch (Kamchatka, Russia) is the most active andesitic volcano of the Kuril-Kamchatka arc, typically exhibiting near-continual high-temperature fumarolic activity and periods of exogenous lava dome emplacement punctuated by discrete large explosive eruptions. These eruptions can produce large pyroclastic flow (PF) deposits, which are common on the southern flank of the volcano. Since 2000, six explosive eruptions have occurred that generated ash fall and PF deposits. Over this same time period, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument has been acquiring image-based visible/near infrared (VNIR), short wave infrared (SWIR) and thermal infrared (TIR) data globally, with a particular emphasis on active volcanoes. Shiveluch was selected as an ASTER target of interest early in the mission because of its frequent activity and potential impact to northern Pacific air transportation. The north Pacific ASTER archive was queried for Shiveluch data and we present results from 2000 to 2009 that documents three large PF deposits emplaced on 19 May 2001, 9 May 2004, and 28 February 2005. The long-term archive of infrared data provides an excellent record on the changing activity and eruption state of the volcano.
Keywords: Shiveluch; volcanic hazards; remote sensing; thermal infrared; pyroclastic flow deposits Shiveluch; volcanic hazards; remote sensing; thermal infrared; pyroclastic flow deposits
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Carter, A.; Ramsey, M. Long-Term Volcanic Activity at Shiveluch Volcano: Nine Years of ASTER Spaceborne Thermal Infrared Observations  . Remote Sens. 2010, 2, 2571-2583.

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