ReefTalk: Chemistry and Impact of Volcanic Smog – Presented by MIT Students

ReefTalk:  Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park Visitor Center


Presented by:  Massachusetts Institute of Technology Students

In this presentation, a team of undergraduates from MIT’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will discuss their recent measurements of the chemical composition of volcanic smog (“vog”).  These students will be visiting the Big Island as part of an annual MIT class, “Traveling Research Environmental Experiences” (TREX), aimed at providing undergraduates with hands-on experience carrying out environmental fieldwork.  The past two TREX trips (in January 2012 and January 2013) have focused on measuring two of the most noxious components of vog, sulfur dioxide (SO2) and particulate matter (PM), using both ground-based instruments and sensors onboard an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).  Here the students will present their results from these studies, as well an overview of the chemical composition and impact of vog.

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One Response

  1. Aloha,

    I would be interested in the composition of the Vog. Being a veterinarian, I see many dogs, cats and horses react to it.

    Dr Ihor Basko

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