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Trail by Fire (exciting Otago alumni science)

Friday, 3 March 2017

Trial By Fire is a team of young volcanologists, that includes Ian Schipper (Otago Geology PhD graduate), planning to measure the entire flux of gases emitted by volcanoes along the Nazca subduction zone. They are currently working on active volcanoes of Ecuador (Trial By Fire 1.5: Ecuador).

Following the success of our first expedition we decided to extend our coverage northward to the active volcanoes of Ecuador. Whilst ground and satellite-based measurements have been performed at Ecuadorian volcanoes in the past, they have mostly focused only on SO2, the emission rates of all other volatiles remaining unconstrained. We aim to provide the first accurate estimate of the flux of volatile species (H2O, CO2, SO2, H2, CO, HCl, HF, H2S) emitted by Ecuadorian volcanoes. Our target volcanoes are Tungurahua, Cotopaxi, Reventador and Guagua Pichincha.

Find out more and follow their activities here: