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August 23, 2006

Another Volcano

Another project, another volcano. In this case, Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. Kilauea has be in its current eruption phase since 1983—many of you may have even been here to see it erupt. I was through here a little over three years ago, to give a talk and explore the volcano a bit. Now, I’m back to spend two weeks working with USGS staff at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) to upgrade 11 permanent GPS sites.

Asta, the project organizer, put me up in a duplex in Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park housing (the observatory is inside the Park), which is my own little house with a living room and TV and kitchen with all the amenities. My commute to work is a drive ¼ of the way around Kilauea’s caldera rim to HVO. I laugh every time this occurs to me.

I work with Kevan, field tech extraordinaire, and various other folks who come and go depending on their schedule. Most days look something like this:


[Kevan builds cables.]


[The Stanford crew--Emily and Dan--watch on as Kevan does his thing.]


[Old antenna cable wear.]


[New antenna setup.]

We’re changing out the GPS receiver and GPS antenna, the comms (radios that send the data back to HVO), and cables where necessary.


[Before]


[After]

Dramatic, I know.

Posted by beth at August 23, 2006 8:09 PM

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