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DECADE - Volcanic Degassing in Papua New Guinea
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2016-09-05 2016-10-02
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An international team of scientists travelled to the islands of Papua New Guinea in September 2016 to study degassing from active volcanoes in remote jungles there. Some of these volcanoes are among the most active on Earth, ejecting a significant proportion of global volcanic gases into the atmosphere. 

The team, led by DCO DECADE (DEep CArbon DEgassing) scientist Brendan McCormick (University of Cambridge, UK) and supported by DCO and NERC COMET (the UK's National Environment Research Council Centre for Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics), trekked through uncharted volcanic lands to deploy novel ground- and unmanned aerial vehicle-based instrumentation at target volcanoes including Rabaul, Ulawan, Pago, and Garbuna volcanoes on the island of New Britain, and Bagana volcano on Bougainville.

Working in close collaboration with Rabaul Volcano Observatory, the team, which also includes Roberto D'Aleo (Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy), Peter Barry (University of Oxford, UK), Lois Salem (University of Cambridge, UK), and Bo Galle, Santiago Arellano, and Julia Wallius (all at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden), aims to provide the first detailed measurements of carbon degassing from the region.

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