Volcanic Ash: Hazard Observation by Shona MackieVolcanic Ash: Hazard Observation by Shona Mackie

Volcanic Ash: Hazard Observation

byShona MackieEditorKatharine Cashman, Hugo Ricketts

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Volcanic Ash: Hazard Observationpresents an introduction followed by four sections, each on a separate topic and each containing chapters from an internationally renowned pool of authors. The introduction provides a volcanological context for ash generation that sets the stage for the development and interpretation of techniques presented in subsequent sections.

The book begins with an examination of the methods to characterize ash deposits on the ground, as ash deposits on the ground have generally experienced some atmospheric transport. This section will also cover basic information on ash morphology, density, and refractive index, all parameters required to understand and analyze assumptions made for both in situ measurements and remote sensing ash inversion techniques. Sections two, three, and four focus on methods for observing volcanic ash in the atmosphere using ground-based, airborne, and spaceborne instruments respectively.

Throughout the book, the editors showcase not only the interdisciplinary nature of the volcanic ash problem, but also the challenges and rewards of interdisciplinary endeavors. Additionally, by bringing together a broad perspective on volcanic ash studies, the book not only ties together ground-, air-, academic, and applied approaches to the volcanic ash problem, but also engages with other scientific communities interested in particulate transport.



  • Includes recent case studies highlighting the impact of volcanic ash, making methods used for observation more accessible to the reader
  • Contains advances in volcanic ash observation that can be used in other remote sensing applications
  • Presents a cross-disciplinary approach that includes not only methods of tracking and measuring ash in the atmosphere, but also of the fundamental science that supports methodological application and interpretation
  • Edited by an internationally recognized team with a range of expertise within the field of volcanic ash

About The Author

Shona Mackie has a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, where she worked on a project developing a new method for interpreting cloud data from satellite imagery for assimilation into weather forecast models. After a period working on operational wind energy forecasting, she returned to academic research to work on the challenges of de...

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Title:Volcanic Ash: Hazard ObservationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:June 1, 2016Publisher:Elsevier ScienceLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0081004052

ISBN - 13:9780081004050

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Table of Contents

Processes for ash generation
Observations of ash on the ground
Observing airborne ash from the ground
Observing airborne ash from aircraft
Observing airborne ash from space