Exploring Manam Volcano degassing with drones

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In October 2018 a team of volcanologists and aerospace engineers headed to Papua New Guinea (PNG) on the first of two Deep Carbon Observatory expeditions to measure volcanic carbon degassing using aerial (drone) techniques. The team, comprising Dr. Emma Liu and Dr. Brendan McCormick of the University of Cambridge and Dr Kieran Wood and Dr Tom Richardson from the University of Bristol Flight Lab, worked closely with the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory to help integrate new instruments into volcanic gas monitoring in PNG. The main DCO expedition in May 2019 will include scientists from the UK, Italy, USA, Papua New Guinea, Sweden, Germany, and Costa Rica, uniting several groups working on volcanic aerial gas measurements around the world. Through this work in Papua New Guinea, they hope to develop innovative new methods for gas measurements using instrumented drones, which will provide critical, yet otherwise unobtainable, data to constrain global carbon cycling and improve volcanic hazard assessment at these two very active volcanoes.
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