Gas Instrument Sandpit, Etna, Sicily, 2-5 September 2013

DCO is sponsoring a Sandpit Workshop in September 2013 focused on “Developing The Next Generation Sensors For Monitoring Volcanic Carbon Flux."

The DCO is sponsoring a Sandpit Workshop at Etna volcano in Sicily on September 2-5, 2013. The primary aim of the workshop, “Developing The Next Generation Sensors For Monitoring Volcanic Carbon Flux”, is to fund the fabrication of novel instrumentation: At the end of the workshop, $100,000 will be distributed, at the direction of the attendees, to make such instrumentation a marketable reality. 

The ultimate goal of the Gas Instrument Sandpit is to identify the best new technologies for monitoring volcanic carbon fluxes using either direct or indirect (proxy emissions) measurements, over a variety of timescales (seconds to years). The ability to distinguish between deep (i.e. mantle-derived) and shallow carbon signatures is also beneficial, and will add a level of nuanced understanding to the measurement of total, global, carbon flux.

As a sandpit workshop, attendance is limited to 20-30 people with unique and specific qualifications. This allows for focused discussion and brainstorming over the course of the meeting, culminating in funding of projects that are both practical and immensely useful to the field. Applications will be considered until April 26th from users and instrument champions or developers, with invitations extended to successful applicants by the end of May. Priority will be given to instruments for which a working prototype is available, and final funding decisions will be based upon levels of support needed for development, fabrication, and projected market unit cost. Limited travel funds are available, and accommodation (three nights) and other ground costs will be provided for all attendees.

If you are interested in learning more about this DCO-sponsored event, or would like to submit an application, please contact Adrian Jones (UCL) by email at

Photo courtesy of Adrian Jones. From left to right: Alessandro Aiuppa (INGV), Clive Oppenheimer (Cambridge University) and Damien Weidmann (Oxford University)

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