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2021
AVO assists in multi-agency effort to monitor the Barry Arm Landslide in Prince William Sound AVO's 2020 Field Season

2020
Alaska Volcano Observatory Expands Eruption Detection Capability in Cook Inlet The Alaska Volcano Observatory’s summer 2020 field work plans Update on AVO Operations during COVID-19

2019
AVO announces extensive upgrades to volcano monitoring equipment during summer 2019 fieldwork New publication: Alaska Volcano Observatory geochemical database, version 2 New publication: On the eruption age and provenance of the Old Crow tephra New publication: Historically active volcanoes of Alaska v. 3

2018
In the event of a federal government shutdown Tectonic earthquakes and Alaska volcanoes Volcanic Threat Assessment helps prioritize risk reduction efforts at U.S. volcanoes AVO hiring a software engineer at University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute Happy 30th Birthday, AVO! New publication: Postglacial eruptive history and geochemistry of Semisopochnoi volcano, western Aleutian Islands, Alaska New publication: Geochemistry of some Quaternary lavas from the Aleutian Arc and Mt. Wrangell New publication: Geologic map of Chiginagak volcano New publication: Major-element glass compositions of tephra from the circa 3.6 ka eruption of Aniakchak volcano, Alaska Peninsula, Alaska New publication: The 2014 eruptions of Pavlof Volcano, Alaska New publication: Historically active volcanoes of Alaska reference deck, v.2

2017
Bogoslof Volcano, Alaska: ongoing eruption through the Bering Sea Thank you Unalaska! Bogoslof Summary of Current Activity Bogoslof Summary of Current Activity, through 19 January 2017

2016
AVO studies resuspended volcanic ash from the Katmai region to Kodiak Island, Alaska Citizen Science - Volcanic Ash Collection Workshop and Public Talk, Kodiak January 30, 2016 Fieldwork at Iliamna and Spurr New publication highlights the importance of ash scrubbing in the evaluation of hazards from explosive eruptions

2015
Critical Volcano Monitoring Systems Returned to Operation in Alaska Resuspended Volcanic Ash from the Katmai Region to Kodiak Island Remobilized Katmai 1912 ash: community events and health hazard analysis Makushin 2015 Geology Blog Sixth Anniversary of the Redoubt 2009 Eruption Happy Anniversary, Shishaldin 1967 and 2014!

2014
New Publication on Aniakchak Volcano Available Online 25th Anniversary of the 1989-90 Eruption of Redoubt Volcano AVO geochemical database now available AVO Scientists Discuss Cook Inlet Volcanoes on Frontier Scientists TV Series Announcing new monitoring equipment for Cleveland volcano 22nd anniversary of Crater Peak (Mt Spurr) June 27 eruption Revised Alaska Interagency Operating Plan for Volcanic Ash Episodes Anniversary of Aniakchak 1931 eruption! April 19th - anniversary of Shishaldin 1999 and Pavlof 1986! Ground-coupled airwaves and explosion signals at Shishaldin 5th anniversary of the Redoubt 2009 eruption Loss of Critical Volcano Monitoring Information in Alaska NEW VOLCANO NUMBERING SYSTEM IMPLEMENTED Loss of Critical Volcano Monitoring Information in Alaska Report released: Geochemical investigations of the hydrothermal system on Akutan Island, July 2012

2013
24th Anniversary of the 1989-90 eruption of Redoubt Volcano Veterans Day slideshow Call for images from active and retired service members! AVO operations during lapse of federal government appropriations New Tool for Reporting Alaska Volcanic Ash Fall Allows Residents to Assist Scientific Monitoring 25 years monitoring Alaska volcanoes - press release

2012
AVO slideshow for Veterans Day Large ash eruptions: when volcanoes reshape valleys -- free public lecture Father Hubbard and the history of exploration in the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes - free lecture Remote sensing and volcanoes - free public lecture The Great Eruption of 1912 - free public lecture Infrasound Detection of Volcanic Explosions Archaeology of Katmai area and the impact of past eruptions - free public lecture Historical Photography of the Great 1912 Eruption - free public lecture Catastrophic Eruptions and People -- free public lecture Eruption of an Island Volcano: Kasatochi, 2008 -- free public lecture Exploring the Plumbing System of Katmai Volcanoes Exploration of Katmai and the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes - free public lecture Commemorative presentation in Kodiak: Be Prepared! Earthquakes Below Alaskan Volcanoes - free public lecture DisaStory - A Day of Oral History 1912 Katmai Eruption Children's Program Monitoring Alaska's Volcanoes - free public lecture Landmark volcano study: Katmai Centennial Perspectives free download Special activities on AVO's website for 1912 centennial Alaska Park Science - Volcanoes of Katmai and the Alaska Peninsula AVO at the Alaska Aviation Trade Show and Conference May 5-6 The Great Katmai Eruption of 1912 - a free lecture in Anchorage: April 24, 2012 The Great Katmai Eruption of 1912: A Century of Research Tracks Progress in Volcano Science April 25 -- The Novarupta - Katmai 1912 eruption: a free lecture in Fairbanks by Judy Fierstein Summer lecture series on Alaskan volcanism Poster contest celebrates anniversary of Katmai eruption! Mark your calendar: April 24 public lecture on the great Novarupta-Katmai eruption of 1912 An important volcanic anniversary in Alaska! PUBLISHED: The 2009 Eruption of Redoubt Volcano, Alaska

2011
2011 Alaska Interagency Operating Plan for Volcanic Ash Episodes now available How does Cleveland's lava dome compare to Redoubt's 2009 lava dome? Alaska Volcanoes Guidebook for Teachers

2010
New Fact Sheet on Kasatochi How big is the 2009 Redoubt lava dome?

2009
New map: Historically active volcanoes of Alaska Steaming at Augustine Sarychev Volcano: Active Volcanoes of the Kurile Islands Footage of Alaska's Redoubt Volcano taken on Monday, March 23, 2009. Pre-eruption footage of Redoubt Volcano, Saturday, March 20, 2009 Redoubt Volcano B-Roll Footage

2008
Kasatochi 2008 eruption summary 6th Biennial Workshop on Subduction Processes emphasizing the Kurile-Kamchatka-Aleutian Arcs Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska Chiginagak volcano's acid crater-lake continues to supply acidic, metal-laden water to salmon spawning habitat on the Alaska Peninsula ALASKA VOLCANOES - TEACHER ACTIVITY GUIDEBOOK & KIT 20 years of AVO Viewing earthquake information for Alaska volcanoes

2007
Pavlof webcam added Activity at Pavlof volcano Pavlof thermal anomaly AVO Scientists present at U.S. Department of Education Teacher-to-Teacher Workshop Cleveland webcam available Activity at Cleveland volcano Cleveland satellite images Sheveluch Eruption U.S. Geological Survey's alert notification system for volcanic activity KVERT Volcanic Warnings Ceased

2006
New alert system for volcanic activity Three new webcams added AGU presentations requested New webcam available
AVO'S 2020 FIELD SEASON
AVO's 2020 Field Season
Posted: February 03, 2021
Despite the many difficulties encountered due to the COVID-19 pandemic this summer the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) successfully completed work critical to the continued operation of our real-time volcano monitoring network and made significant progress toward converting our network from analog to digital telemetry. As a result of the pandemic our original plans had to be completely changed and many modifications were made in the months leading up to the field season. Due to the severity of the pandemic our primary goal for this year was to complete our work in a way that would ensure the health and safety of our field crews, contractors, and those that we interacted with in local communities. We developed and implemented a COVID-19 operational safety to mitigate the risks of fieldwork in remote locations.

Key components of our operations plan were:

  • Reduced field team size and scope of operations

  • A 14 day pre-embarkation quarantine for all team members, including AVO field staff, boat and helicopter crews

  • All field team members were tested for COVID-19, and were required to produce a negative test result prior to embarkation

  • Isolation of our field teams from community interaction to mitigate the risk of potential virus transmission as much as possible.


We were able to complete the majority of our planned work, and all tasks critical to the continued operation of the network without further delay and with no known cases of COVID-19, thanks to the effort of all involved and the strict adherence to the COVID-19 safety plan.

Highlights of fieldwork from this year included major efforts on Unimak and Akutan islands to incorporate the GPS stations previously installed and operated by UNAVCO into AVO’s monitoring networks. During this campaign, field crews made repairs and upgrades to power systems and data telemetry critical to the continued operation of stations in these networks. As a result of this work, we were able to reestablish monitoring of Westdahl volcano, which had been downgraded to unmonitored due to lack of real-time seismic data. Other highlights from the 2020 field season included work in the Katmai area, and on Augustine Volcano to improve our real-time monitoring capabilities in both of those locations. We were also able to complete the installation of an infrasound array on the Kenai Peninsula to allow for better monitoring of volcanic unrest in the Cook Inlet area. In total, during 2020 we completed work at 110 stations at 12 volcano networks.

None of this would have been possible without the close collaboration and cooperation of all our partners. AVO would like to thank U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Alaska Maritime, Izembek and Kenai National Wildlife Refuges, Katmai National Park & Preserve, Lake Clark National Park & Preserve, the NOAA National Tsunami Warning Center, Egli Air Haul, Pathfinder Aviation, Northwind Aviation, the crew of the R/V Steadfast, Snug Harbor Outpost, the City of Atka, the City of False Pass, the City of Akutan, the City of Cold Bay, the Aleutian Region School District, the King Cove Harbormaster's Office, UNAVCO, the Alaska Earthquake Center, and IRIS.



Ellie Boyce (@UAFGI) working at seismic-geodetic monitoring site AKBB/AV10, Akutan Volcano, in August 2020. Photo by Malcolm Herstand (@AKDGGS), August 27, 2020.





Dane Ketner (@USGSVolcanoes) orients a radio antenna toward a site near Shishaldin Volcano, August 20, 2020. View from SE at geophysical site BRPK. Shishaldin Volcano is emitting a gas plume and the edifice is covered with debris from 2019-2020 eruption. Photo courtesy of Allan Lerner



FY2020 Field work summary:

  • Converted 10 analog sites to digital

  • Upgraded existing digital equipment at 3 sites

  • Hardened and expanded capabilites at 5 repeater sites

  • Upgraded 2 receive facility sites

  • Removed analog equipment and restored 11 sites


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