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The VolSatView information system for Monitoring the Volcanic Activity in Kamchatka and on the Kuril Islands

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Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands are home to 36 active volcanoes with yearly explosive eruptions that eject ash to heights of 8 to 15 km above sea level, posing hazards to jet planes. In order to reduce the risk of planes colliding with ash clouds in the north Pacific, the KVERT team affiliated with the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of the Far East Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IV&S FEB RAS) has conducted daily satellite-based monitoring of Kamchatka volcanoes since 2002. Specialists at the IV&S FEB RAS, Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SRI RAS), the Computing Center of the Far East Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (CC FEB RAS), and the Far East Planeta Center of Space Hydrometeorology Research (FEPC SHR) have developed, introduced into practice, and were continuing to refine the VolSatView information system for Monitoring of Volcanic Activity in Kamchatka and on the Kuril Islands during the 2011–2015 period. This system enables integrated processing of various satellite data, as well as of weather and land-based information for continuous monitoring and investigation of volcanic activity in the Kuril–Kamchatka region. No other information system worldwide offers the abilities that the Vol-SatView has for studies of volcanoes. This paper shows the main abilities of the application of VolSatView for routine monitoring and retrospective analysis of volcanic activity in Kamchatka and on the Kuril Islands.

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Original Russian Text © E.I. Gordeev, O.A. Girina, E.A. Lupyan, A.A. Sorokin, L.S. Kramareva, V.Yu. Efremov, A.V. Kashnitskii, I.A. Uvarov, M.A. Burtsev, I.M. Romanova, D.V. Mel’nikov, A.G. Manevich, S.P. Korolev, A.L. Verkhoturov, 2016, published in Vulkanologiya i Seismologiya, 2016, No. 6, pp. 62–77.

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Gordeev, E.I., Girina, O.A., Lupyan, E.A. et al. The VolSatView information system for Monitoring the Volcanic Activity in Kamchatka and on the Kuril Islands. J. Volcanolog. Seismol. 10, 382–394 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1134/S074204631606004X

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