Volcano Watch: New eyes in the sky for monitoring Hawaiian volcanoes

  • P. NADEAU/USGS photo Two U.S. Geological Survey UAS pilots perform a routine inspection of a UAS system prior to a flight at the summit of Kilauea Volcano in June 2018. The UAS for this particular flight was outfitted with a multi-gas sensor to identify any new degassing sources within the collapsing summit caldera. All UAS flights inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park were conducted with explicit permission of the National Park Service.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is no rookie when it comes to using flight to assist with monitoring Hawaiian volcanoes.