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J. Imaging 2017, 3(2), 13; doi:10.3390/jimaging3020013

An Overview of Infrared Remote Sensing of Volcanic Activity

School of Energy, Construction and Environment, Coventry University, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK
Academic Editors: Carosena Meola and Gonzalo Pajares Martinsanz
Received: 2 October 2016 / Revised: 4 April 2017 / Accepted: 6 April 2017 / Published: 12 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The World in Infrared Imaging)
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Volcanic activity consists of the transfer of heat from the interior of the Earth to the surface. The characteristics of the heat emitted relate directly to the geological processes underway and can be observed from space, using the thermal sensors present on many Earth-orbiting satellites. For over 50 years, scientists have utilised such sensors and are now able to determine the sort of volcanic activity being displayed without hazardous and costly field expeditions. This review will describe the theoretical basis of the discipline and then discuss the sensors available and the history of their use. Challenges and opportunities for future developments are then discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: infrared remote sensing; volcanoes; Earth observation; satellites infrared remote sensing; volcanoes; Earth observation; satellites
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