Volcano Awareness Month 2022 Short Feature — Three-dimensional mapping of Kīlauea – lanikai-beach

Structure-from-motion techniques use photographs taken from different angles reconstruct the three-dimensional shape of an object. At Kīlauea, this technique has been used to rapidly generate maps of eruption activity from aerial imagery, allowing scientists to quantify over time such as the volume of erupted and surface covered by lava. Join USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Brett Carr as he describes how structure-from-motion techniques have been applied while monitoring Kīlauea’s recent eruptions, and what we can learn from the data. This feature is presented as of Volcano Month 2022.

Volcano Month is spearheaded by the USGS–Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, in cooperation with Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency, and the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, and provides informative and engaging public programs about the science and hazards of Hawaiian volcanoes. USGS map: Aerial visual imagery collected during an overflight of Kīlauea volcano’s summit was used create preliminary topographic models that can be compared to pre-eruption topographic models to determine how much has filled the base of Halema’uma’u crater.

video: https://www.usgs.gov/media/videos/volcano--month-2022-short-feature-three-dimensional-mapping-kilauea

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