How satellites have revolutionized the study of volcanoes

The development of satellite technology over the past decade has allowed the world to witness the devastating Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai eruption and its aftermath in unprecedented real-time and detail. The findings may shed light on the anatomy of rare explosive volcanic eruptions and their effect on the planet. But satellites are also helping volcanologists track Earth’s more common (albeit less eye-catching) outbreaks.

The last time a volcano erupted as violently as in Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai was 30 years ago. Then, the monitoring satellite The earth very few and far. Surface observers are mostly run by the military. The European Space Agency (ESA), now an Earth-observing superpower, is just about to launch its first Earth-observing mission, the Remote Sensing Satellite-1 (ERS-1). Since then, the cubes that have become the basis of commercial Earth-observing constellations, such as that of the US-based company Planet, have yet to be invented. How satellites have revolutionized the study of volcanoes

James Brien

James Brien is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. James Brien joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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