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Digital elevation model of Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaiʻi, based on July 2019 airborne lidar surveys


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Mosbrucker, A.R., Zoeller, M.H., and Ramsey, D.W., 2020, Digital elevation model of Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaiʻi, based on July 2019 airborne lidar surveys: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


The 2018 eruption of Kīlauea Volcano on the Island of Hawaiʻi saw the collapse of a new, nested caldera at the volcano’s summit, and the inundation of 35.5 square kilometers (13.7 square miles) of the lower Puna District with lava. Between May and August, while the summit caldera collapsed, a lava channel extended 11 kilometers (7 miles) from fissure 8 in Leilani Estates to Kapoho Bay, where it formed an approximately 3.5-square-kilometer (1.4-square-mile) lava delta along the coastline. Rapidly-deployed remote sensing techniques were vital in monitoring these events. Following the eruption, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) contracted the acquisition of rigorous airborne lidar surveys of Kīlauea Volcano's summit, middle East Rift [...]


Originator :
Adam Mosbrucker, Michael H Zoeller, David W Ramsey
Publisher :
U.S. Geological Survey
Point of Contact :
Adam Mosbrucker
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
SDC Data Owner :
Volcano Science Center
USGS Mission Area :
Natural Hazards

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Digital elevation models are fundamental to monitoring natural hazards and studying volcanic landforms, geomorphology, and surface geology.


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DOI doi:10.5066/P9F1ZU8O

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