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Infrared Hyperspectral and Ultraviolet Remote Measurements of Volcanic Gas Plume at MT Etna during IMAGETNA Campaign

Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l’Environnement et de l’Espace, Université Orléans, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre National d’Études Spatiales, 45071 Orléans, France
Laboratoire Atmosphères Milieux Observations Spatiales/Institut Pierre Simon Laplace, Sorbonne Université, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 75252 Paris, France
Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia – Sezione di Catania, Osservatorio Etneo, 95125 Catania, Italy
Office National d’Études et de Recherches Aérospatiales/Département Optique et Techniques Associées, 91120 Palaiseau, France
Thales—Land and Air Systems France, 78990 Élancourt, France
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Remote Sens. 2019, 11(10), 1175;
Received: 19 March 2019 / Revised: 26 April 2019 / Accepted: 10 May 2019 / Published: 17 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Collection Feature Papers for Section Atmosphere Remote Sensing)
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Quantification of gaseous emission fluxes from volcanoes can yield valuable insights on processes occurring in the Earth’s interior as part of hazard monitoring. It is also an important task in the framework of climate change, in order to refine estimates of natural emissions. Passive open-path UltraViolet (UV) scattered observation by UV camera allows the imaging of volcanic plumes and evaluation of sulfur dioxide (SO2) fluxes at high temporal resolution during daytime. Another technique of imaging is now available in the InfraRed (IR) spectral domain. Infrared hyperspectral imagers have the potential to overcome the boundary of daytime sampling of the UV, providing measurements also during the night and giving access simultaneously to additional relevant gas species. In this context the IMAGETNA campaign of measurements took place at Mt Etna (Italy) in June 2015. Three different IR imagers (commercial and under developments) were deployed, together with a Fourier Transform InfraRed spectrometer (FTIR) instrument, a UV camera, a Long Wavelength InfraRed (LWIR) camera and a radiometer. We present preliminary results obtained by the two IR cameras under development, and then the IR hyperspectral imager results, coming from full physics retrieval, are compared to those of the UV camera. The comparison points out an underestimation of the SO2 Slant Column Densities (SCD) of the UV camera by a factor of 3.6. The detailed study of the retrieved SO2 SCD highlights the promising application of IR imaging in volcanology for remotely volcanic plume gas measurements. It also provides a way to investigate uncertainties in the SO2 SCD imaging in the UV and the IR. View Full-Text
Keywords: volcanic plume; hyperspectral; radiative transfer; data retrieval; remote sensing volcanic plume; hyperspectral; radiative transfer; data retrieval; remote sensing

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Huret, N.; Segonne, C.; Payan, S.; Salerno, G.; Catoire, V.; Ferrec, Y.; Roberts, T.; Pola Fossi, A.; Rodriguez, D.; Croizé, L.; Chevrier, S.; Langlois, S.; La Spina, A.; Caltabiano, T. Infrared Hyperspectral and Ultraviolet Remote Measurements of Volcanic Gas Plume at MT Etna during IMAGETNA Campaign. Remote Sens. 2019, 11, 1175.

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