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Summary of Proposal GEO1933

TitleSurface deformation associated with the 2011 Pu’u ’Ō’ō crater collapse events at Kīlauea Volcano, Hawai'i
Investigator Richter, Nicole - GFZ Potsdam, Physics of the Earth
Team Member
Dr. habil. Walter, Thomas - GFZ Potsdam, Physics of the Earth
Dr. Holohan, Eoghan - GFZ Potsdam, Physics of the Earth
MSc Richter, Nicole - GFZ Potsdam, Physics of the Earth
SummaryThe main objective of this proposal is to improve our understanding of the near field and far field surface displacements associated with Pu’u ’Ō’ō crater collapse events at Kīlauea Volcano, Hawai'i. Therefore, the year 2011 is an incredibly well-suited time period, as Pu’u ’Ō’ō crater underwent two main collapse events and three associated eruptions. We will combine a high-resolution IfSAR DEM from 2005 and TSX data to track small-scale surface deformation in the vicinity of Pu’u ’Ō’ō crater on Kīlauea Volcano’s east rift zone (ERZ). We will also calculate displacements over time using the SBAS approach. Results will be compared to ground data, as camera observations and continuous tilt measurements. The study will be carried out at the GFZ Research Group as part of a larger research project funded by the Helmholtz Alliance. This project has started in July 2012 and will last for at least 5 years with possible extension. Costs, such as for PhD positions as well as travel costs for regular meetings are already granted by a Helmholtz Alliance.
Final ReportWe have not achieved higher order results. No publications are related to this research project.

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