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Volcanic plume heights from the summit of Kīlauea Volcano, Hawai'i


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Warren, S.M., Elias, T., Nadeau, P.A., DeSmither, L.G., and Patrick, M.R., 2021, Volcanic plume heights from the summit of Kīlauea Volcano, Hawai‘i: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


This data release provides volcanic plume heights from the summit of Kīlauea Volcano for 2008-2015, and during the eruptive events of 2018. For 2018, a Secacam Wild Vision Full HD camera with a 7mm focal length was located at 1717 m elevation approximately 15 m south of the Mauna Loa Strip Road within Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, 19.475843°N, 155.363560°W (WGS84). The camera was pointed southeast to capture images of the Kīlauea caldera every two minutes. These images were used to calculate maximum plume heights within the full frame of the camera. For each two-minute image, the maximum plume heights above the Halemaʻumaʻu crater rim, and in the overall image, were calculated using the horizontal distance to the plume feature, [...]


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These data quantify the maximum eruption plume heights above Halema‘uma‘u crater and Kīlauea caldera. Eruption plume heights are used to assess hazards and are used in a variety of models including gas, fine particle, and ash dispersion forecast models.


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DOI doi:10.5066/P9ATK1DI

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