Joint effort results in first infrared survey of Kamchatka volcanoes


  • D. C. Pieri,

  • A. P. Khrenov,

  • T. P. Miller,

  • S. E. Zharinov,

  • V. Realmuto,

  • M. Abrams,

  • L. S. Glaze,

  • A. B. Kahle,

  • V. Drozhnin,

  • V. Dvigalo,

  • V. Kirianov,

  • E. Abbott,

  • S. Chernobieff


Scientists from the United States and the former Soviet Union (FSU) have performed a joint airborne infrared imaging survey of active volcanoes on the remote and politically sensitive Kamchatka Peninsula. The temperature map of Bezymyanny Volcano (Figure 1), revealing slow lava dome growth and collapse on the northwestern slope, shows the excellent quality of the images. The collaborative effort, which yielded thermal infrared multispectral scanner (TIMS) images of some of the 29 active volcanoes of the Eastern Range of the Kamchatka Peninsula (see Figure 2) provided new information on the ages, extent, and morphologies of volcanic deposits and quantitative data on thermal flux for active volcanoes and geothermal areas throughout the volcanic range. These data also provided a baseline against which changes caused by future eruptions can be gauged.