Articles | Volume 9, issue 11
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 5487–5498, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-5487-2016

Special issue: Ten years of Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) observations...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 5487–5498, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-5487-2016

Research article 16 Nov 2016

Research article | 16 Nov 2016

Improving global detection of volcanic eruptions using the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI)

Verity J. B. Flower et al.

Data sets

OMI Level 2 total column SO2 data NASA GES DISC http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/Aura/data-holdings/OMI/omso2_v003.shtml

OMI processing code VHub https://vhub.org/resources/682

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Short summary
Volcanic eruptions pose a threat to human populations around the globe, but many active volcanoes are poorly monitored. This paper details the development of an automated volcanic plume detection method with focus on diffuse plumes, utilising daily, global observations of volcanic gases measured by satellites. The developed technique consistently distinguished volcanic plumes over 400 t, from control samples, indicating the potential for implementation within a volcanic alert system.