Description

Seth Moran

Seismologist and Scientist in Charge of the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory

As the world witnessed in 1980, volcanoes like Mount St. Helens can erupt with devastating consequences. Today, scientists with the USGS?Cascades Volcano Observatory collect data from networks of monitoring instrument and analyze them to look for out-of- the-ordinary signals. By comparing the data analysis with similar results from past volcanic events, volcanologists are better able to forecast changes in volcanic activity and determine whether and when a volcano might erupt in the future.

Many processes in and around volcanoes can generate earthquakes and one of the challenges of a seismologist is to understand when normal conditions change. Seth will talk about how scientists “listen” to a volcano by tracking changes in earthquake activity and how scientists were able to forecast eruptions at Mount St. Helens during the dome-building phase of 2004-2008.

Since this is a special series on Nepris, all 3 Volcano Explorers Industry Chats are FREE for EVERYONE. When you sign up for one session you will be automatically signed up for the other two as well so that you have the option to participate in all three!

Key Questions

  • Can we forecast volcanic eruptions?
  • How do scientists track important changes at a volcano through "listening" for earthquakes, a type of volcano monitoring?
  • As scientists monitor volcanoes, what types of patterns or out-of-the-ordinary differences indicate a volcano is more likely to erupt in the future?
  • How do scientists compare volcanoes to understand what one of those volcanoes might do in the future?

Expected Outcomes

Students will:

  • Learn about how scientists use different types of instruments to "watch" what a volcano is doing.
  • Learn about how scientists apply what they learned about the patterns in a volcano's behavior in the past to to interpret the meaning of what a volcano is doing in the present and what it might do in the future.

Documents

Curriculum Alignment

Completed Date

 03/28/2017 1:00 PM   Eastern Time

Duration

 01:00

Presenter

Seth Moran

Invitee

Lisanne Pearcy

Invitee

Wendi Pillars JORDAN MATTHEWS HIGH

Invitee

Amy Bowen SAN ANTONIO ELEMENTARY

Invitee

lorraine pierce

Invitee

Ray Birks

Observer

Liz Westby

Invitee

Mark Woolsey

Invitee

Samarpita Sarkar

Invitee

Victoria Earle GREENVILLE EARLY COLLEGE

Invitee

Samantha Kosakowski SPOFFORD POND
Classes
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Grades
Grade 5   Grade 6   Grade 7   Grade 8  
Career Clusters
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics  
No. of Students
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Topic
Volcano Explorers 3 of 3: Can we forecast volcanic eruptions?
Sub Topic
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Industry
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Skills/Specialties
Scientist   Volcanology   Volcanoes   Natural hazards   Science