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Volcanoes: observations and impact

January 1, 2012

Volcanoes are critical geologic hazards that challenge our ability to make long-term forecasts of their eruptive behaviors. They also have direct and indirect impacts on human lives and society. As is the case with many geologic phenomena, the time scales over which volcanoes evolve greatly exceed that of a human lifetime. On the other hand, the time scale over which a volcano can move from inactivity to eruption can be rather short: months, weeks, days, and even hours. Thus, scientific study and monitoring of volcanoes is essential to mitigate risk. There are thousands of volcanoes on Earth, and it is impractical to study and implement ground-based monitoring at them all. Fortunately, there are other effective means for volcano monitoring, including increasing capabilities for satellite-based technologies.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2012
Title Volcanoes: observations and impact
DOI 10.1007/978-1-4419-0851-3_731
Authors Clifford Thurber, Stephanie G. Prejean
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70047253
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Volcano Science Center