An Overview of Geodetic Volcano Research in the Canary Islands

Prieto Morin, Juan Francisco and Fernández, Jose and González, Pablo J. and G-Camacho, Antonio and Brú, Guadalupe (2015). An Overview of Geodetic Volcano Research in the Canary Islands. "Pure And Applied Geophysics", v. 172 (n. 11); pp. 3189-3228. ISSN 0033-4553. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00024-014-0916-6.

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Title: An Overview of Geodetic Volcano Research in the Canary Islands
Author/s:
  • Prieto Morin, Juan Francisco
  • Fernández, Jose
  • González, Pablo J.
  • G-Camacho, Antonio
  • Brú, Guadalupe
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Pure And Applied Geophysics
Date: November 2015
ISSN: 0033-4553
Volume: 172
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Canary islands, volcanic activity, volcano geodesy, deformation and gravity change, space and terrestrial techniques, deformation modeling and inversion techniques.
Faculty: E.T.S.I. en Topografía, Geodesia y Cartografía (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Cartográfica y Topografía
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

The Canary Islands are mostly characterized by diffuse and scattered volcanism affecting a large area, with only one active stratovolcano, the Teide?Pico Viejo complex (Tenerife). More than 2 million people live and work in the 7,447 km2 of the archipelago, resulting in an average population density three times greater than the rest of Spain. This fact, together with the growth of exposure during the past 40 years, increases volcanic risk with respect previous eruptions, as witnessed during the recent 2011?2012 El Hierro submarine eruption. Therefore, in addition to purely scientific reasons there are economic and population-security reasons for developing and maintaining an efficient volcano monitoring system. In this scenario geodetic monitoring represents an important part of the monitoring system. We describe volcano geodetic monitoring research carried out in the Canary Islands and the results obtained. We consider for each epoch the two main existing constraints: the level of volcanic activity in the archipelago, and the limitations of the techniques available at the time. Theoretical and observational aspects are considered, as well as the implications for operational volcano surveillance. Current challenges of and future perspectives in geodetic volcano monitoring in the Canaries are also presented.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
Government of SpainAYA2010-17448UnspecifiedUnspecifiedUnspecified

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Item ID: 35838
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/35838/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:35838
DOI: 10.1007/s00024-014-0916-6
Official URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00024-014-0916-6
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 26 Jan 2016 15:24
Last Modified: 31 May 2019 14:30
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