Volcanic gas workshop features state-of-the-art measurement techniques

Authors

  • L. J. Wardell,

    1. Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, McGill University, 3450 University Street, Montreal, QC H3A 2A7, Canada
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  • P. Delmelle,

  • T. Fischer,

  • J. L. Lewicki,

  • E. Malavassi,

  • J. Stix,

  • W. Strauch


Abstract

Volcanic gas emissions can often be interpreted as signals from deep within the Earth. The study of volcanic gases increases our understanding of how magmatic systems behave, and in some cases it can be used as a predictive tool for eruptive activity and associated hazards. Not only are we concerned with the dangers of large eruptions, but if large volumes of gas are released, the gases themselves can pose a hazard to communities surrounding a volcano.The environmental impacts of volcanic gas emissions are observed on local scales, and the significant global contribution to the atmosphere is also an area of current interest, since it relates to global climate change. As we still have much to understand about volcanic eruptions and the environmental impacts of volcanic gas emissions, scientists benefit from working together to improve instrumentation and monitoring techniques.

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