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Using on-line volcano monitoring data in college and university courses:
The Volcano Exploration Project: Puʻu ʻŌʻō (VEPP)

July 26-30, 2010

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI

VEPP Participants

  • Back Row (left to right): Kim West, Wendy Bohrson, Jascha Polet, Martha House, Brian Hausback, Jenny Thomson, Robert "Z" Zierenberg, Reid Townson, Geoff Cook, David Moecher, Karen Harpp, Dennis Geist, and Andrew Greene
  • Middle Row: Jenn Wenner, Mike Johnson, Lyn Gualtieri, Juk Bhattacharyya, Rick Dunning, Karen Kortz, Eric Christiansen, and Lizzette Rodriguez
  • Front Row: Brian Scheidt, Rosemary Donaldson, Brittany Brand, Eliza Richardson, Susan Schwartz, Kaatje Kraft, Rachel Teasdale, Judy McIlrath, and Mike Poland

Workshop Description

Pu`u `O`o spattering at night

The Pu`u `O`o eruptive vent on the east rift zone of Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i, has been active almost continuously since 1983 and offers an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the dynamic nature of Earth Science. With support and funding from the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the eruptive vent has been instrumented with a variety of sensors, including GPS, tiltmeters, seismometers, cameras, and even a continuously operating gravimeter. Data from these sensors, as well as GPS campaigns conducted every few months, are available on-line for use in college and university courses via the Volcanoes Exploration Project: Pu`u `O`o (VEPP) Web site.

Our goal is to develop curriculum for a variety of course types (from large lecture courses for non-majors to graduate-level seminars) that utilizes the resources provided via the VEPP Web site. We invite applications from college and university Earth Science instructors to take part in a week-long workshop to be held at the summit of Kilauea Volcano, on the Big Island of Hawaii, in July 2010 . The workshop will include discussions about the data and monitoring methods used on the website, best practices for the classroom, breakout sessions for curriculum development, field excursions, a tour of HVO (founded in 1912), and interactions with HVO volcanologists.


  • Michael Poland, USGS - Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (
  • Rachel Teasdale, California State University, Chico (
  • Kaatje Kraft, Mesa Community College, Mesa, AZ (

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