Montserrat

Volcanologists in the field

Volcanologists in the field
Locko shows a somewhat worried Roby the high activity of the volcano.
Volcanologists in the field
This pluviometer collects ash erupted by the volcano and washed to the ground by rain.
Volcanologists in the field
From destroyed buildings at Blackburne Airport Locko and Roby observe the volcano.
Volcanologists in the field
The team observe the ash cloud drifting towards the ghost town of Plymouth.
Volcanologists in the field
Tappy digs a deep hole into the thick layer of ash where we will place the wideband seismometer of the MULTIMO project.
Volcanologists in the field
Strong hands are a must for volcanologists just as much as are smart minds...
Volcanologists in the field
The wideband seismometer is in place: since it records waves in three dimensions it must be precisely aligned to the North.
Volcanologists in the field
It alsomust be placed deeply, making Locko's work hard. He aligns the seimometer vertically by pressing ash around it.
Volcanologists in the field
Now that the seismometer is fixed in its final position it can be connected to the power source.
Volcanologists in the field
An array of pressimeters will register the pressure waves in the air.
Volcanologists in the field
Cables and even more cables will connect the pressimeters to power source and data collectors.
Volcanologists in the field
Using GPS Locko determines the exact position of each pressimeter along the array.
Volcanologists in the field
Below a burning tropical sun a volcanologist protects the acoustic sensors with covers able to transmit pressure waves.
Volcanologists in the field
A test pressure wave is used to check if all acoustic sensors are working properly.
Volcanologists in the field
Sometimes field work is great fun: Shadowing the computer screen from the bright tropical light.
Volcanologists in the field
A cloud passes in front of the sun, letting us observe the first seismic waves.
Volcanologists in the field
A geologist checks the activity of the volcano.
Volcanologists in the field
Volcanologists discuss the activity at the new Montserrat Volcano Observatory.
Volcanologists in the field
A volcanologist checks the volcano by binoculars from Jack Boy Hill.
Volcanologists in the field
One of the last analog seismometers at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory.