Remote Sensing Volcanoes using Weather Satellites

GOES 3 view of Mt. St. Helens eruption on May 18, 1980. This is an early GOES instrument and the data quality is sometimes poor.


If you are not sure where the ash cloud is or the bad data, you can test yourself with this Java Applet.

The geostationary perspective provides frequent viewing, which permits analyzing a time sequence of an eruption. Here is a animation of Mt. St. Helens eruption using observations for the GOES-3 satellite. Mt. St. Helens (Location: 46.2N, 122.2W Elevation: 8,363 feet (2,549 m))erupted on 18 May 1980 sent thousands of town of ash into the atmosphere. in central Mexico erupted during the day (at 19:02 UTC) on 04 December 1998.

Here is some information on volcanoes and climate

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Volcano Hazards Program

(this link takes you out of the museum.)

The Verner E. Suomi Virtual Museum development funded in part by the National Science Foundation Grant #EAR9809458.  Material presented is Copyrighted (C) 1999 by Steve Ackerman and Tom Whittaker.  If you have questions or comments, please let us know!