Description

Heather Wright, Geologist, USGS Volcano Disaster Assistance Program

Volcanoes can erupt with devastating consequences.  Explosive eruptions can blast rock fragments into the air with tremendous force.  Thick lava can build domes that may collapse to form hot, fast-moving clouds of ash and gases.  When volcanoes become active, scientists from many different fields work together to interpret monitoring data and make defensible hypotheses about what is going on beneath the surface.  Scientists with the USGS Volcano Disaster Assistance Program work with volcano experts from around the world to study volcano behavior and develop new ways to monitor activity so we can forecast when a volcano might erupt and issue alerts to people who might be affected.

Heather will talk about her experiences working with scientists from other countries to monitor volcanoes and prepare for eruptions.

Key Questions

When a volcano becomes active, how can scientists forecast whether or not a volcano is likely to erupt, possibly affecting people in nearby communities?

How does teamwork among scientists with different expertise and from different places 1) help advance the science of volcanology and 2) help scientists to make sound, evidence-based decisions about when to issue alerts to people that could be affected by volcanic activity?

 

Expected Outcomes

Students will learn that volcanoes are complex and dynamic systems and that scientists work in teams to study and watch volcanoes using a variety of techniques to understand what is happening now and what might happen at the volcano in the future.

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Curriculum Alignment

Completed Date

 03/13/2018 1:00 PM   Eastern Time

Duration

 01:00

Presenter

Heather Wright U.S. Geological Survey

Invitee

Erin Brabant STEM LAB

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Kristan Murrow

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F. Gatty ALTAMONT CREEK ELEMENTARY

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Ryan Penner CASTLE ROCK HIGH SCHOOL

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Martha Boyette

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Carla Faulkner ELLIOTT COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

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Jennifer Enberg

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Kathy Schulz

Invitee

Chris Stanton FOREST GROVE COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Presenter

Sonja Melander Mount St. Helens Institute
Classes
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Grades
Grade 4   Grade 5   Grade 6   Grade 7   Grade 8  
Career Clusters
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics  
No. of Students
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Topic
Volcano Explorers 2 of 3: Eruption forecasting- Scientific teamwork makes the best interpretation possible
Sub Topic
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Industry
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Skills/Specialties
geology   technology   Volcanoes