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Network for Observation of Volcanic and Atmospheric Change

Objective

The idea of the NOVAC project is to establish a global network for measurement of volcanic gas emissions, based on the Scanning Dual-Beam mini-DOAS instrument developed in the EU project DORSIVA. Primarily the instruments will be used to provide new parame ters in the toolbox of the observatories, for risk assessment, gas emission estimates and geophysical research on the local scale. In addition to this, data are exploited by the project partners for other scientific purposes then local volcanic gas emissio ns; large scale volcanic correlations, satellite validation, studies of climate change and studies of stratospheric ozone depletion.The Scanning Dual-Beam mini-DOAS instrument represents a major breakthrough in volcanic gas monitoring. The instrument is ca pable of real-time automatic unattended measurement of the total emissions of SO2 and BrO from a volcano with better then 5 minutes time resolution, over the daylight day. Besides providing an accurate determination of the total emissions of SO2 and BrO fr om the volcano, the high time-resolution of the data enables correlations with other geophysical data, e.g. seismic data. Thus significantly extending the information available for real-time risk assessment and research at the volcano. By comparing gas emi ssion data, with emissions from neighbouring volcanoes on different geographical scales, or with other geophysical phenomena (earthquakes, tidal waves...) mechanisms of volcanic forcing may be revealed.The spectra recorded by the instrument will also be us ed to derive data from complement global observation systems related to climate change and stratospheric ozone research. Taking advantage of the fact that many volcanoes are located in remote areas sparsely covered by existing networks.The consortium compr ises 15 volcanoes from 4 continents, including some of the most active and strongest degassing volcanoes in the world.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/geology/volcanology
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/atmospheric sciences/climatology/climatic changes

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-GLOBAL-3
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Address
Chalmersplatsen 4
Goeteborg
Sweden

Participants (16)

CENTRE DE RECHERCHE EN SCIENCES NATURELLES
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Address
Crsn, Lwiro (Bukavu)
South Kivu
ESCUELA POLITECNICA NACIONAL
Ecuador
Address
Ladron De Guevara E11-253 Y Andalucia
Quito
INSTITUT D'AERONOMIE SPATIALE DE BELGIQUE
Belgium
Address
Avenue Circulaire, 3
Bruxelles
INSTITUT DE PHYSIQUE DU GLOBE DE PARIS
France
Address
Place Jussieu 4
Paris
INSTITUTO COLOMBIANO DE GEOLOGIA Y MINERIA
Colombia
Address
Diagonal 53 No. 34 - 53
Bogota
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE SISMOLOGIA, VULCANOLOGIA, METEOROLOGIA E HIDROLOGIA
Guatemala
Address
7A, Avenida 14-57 Zona 13
Guatemala
INSTITUTO NICARAGUENSE DE ESTUDIOS TERRITORIALES
Nicaragua
Address
Frente A La Policlinica Oriental
Managua
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI GEOFISICA E VULCANOLOGIA
Italy
Address
Via Vigna Murata 605
Roma
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER MEERESWISSENSCHAFTEN AN DER UNIVERSITÄT KIEL
Germany
Address
Wischhofstrasse 1-3
Kiel
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
United States
Address
Massachusetts Avenue 77
Cambridge
OBSERVATORIO VULCANOLOGICO Y SISMOLOGICO DE COSTA RICA, UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL
Costa Rica
Address
Campus Omar Dengo, 250 M. Norte, 100 Este Y 50 Norte De Edificio Administrativo
Heredia
RUPRECHT-KARLS-UNIVERSITAET HEIDELBERG
Germany
Address
Seminarstrasse 2
Heidelberg
SERVICIO NACIONAL DE ESTUDIOS TERRITORIALES
El Salvador
Address
Km 5 1/2 Carretera A Santa Tecla Y Calle Las Mercedes, Edificio Ista
San Salvador
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
Address
The Old Schools, Trinity Lane
Cambridge
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE MEXICO
Mexico
Address
Circuito Exterior S/n Universitaria, Delegacion Coyoacan
Mexico D.f.
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY
United States
Address
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore