The Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Aerial Imaging and Mapping Group Aids in Monitoring and Mapping the Kīlauea Volcanic Eruption

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On May 3, 2018, Kīlauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, began an over three-month-long eruption. Tina Neal and the rest of her team at the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) have been spearheading all Kīlauea monitoring and data-analysis efforts, and continue to provide regular updates on the status of the volcano.

Among the USGS drone pilots were Sandy BrosnahanEmily SturdivantElizabeth Pendleton, and Seth Ackerman of the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Aerial Imaging and Mapping (AIM) group. The AIM group uses UAS technology, more simply known as drones, to acquire imagery and videos of various environments and produce detailed topographic and visual maps to meet many science objectives.


 Department of Interior UAS pilots

 Department of Interior UAS pilots from left to right – Elizabeth Pendleton (USGS, Woods Hole, MA), Colin Milone (Office of Aviation Services, AK), John Vogel (USGS; Flagstaff, AZ), Sandy Brosnahan (USGS, Woods Hole, MA), Brandon Forbes (USGS; Tuscon, AZ), Chris Holmquist-Johnson (USGS; Fort Collins, CO), Hannah Dietterich (USGS; Anchorage, AK), and Emily Sturdivant (USGS, Woods Hole, MA)

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