15 March 2021
Live stream begins at 6.30pm
Free Free for members
Yellowstone is a wonder of the world, hosting more geysers than any place else on Earth. It is also a subject of persistent misinformation, which is all that many people hear. The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO) is attempting to combat this trend, not only by collecting comprehensive datasets on volcanic activity and conducting cutting-edge research, but also by proactively communicating this science to the public.
In this talk, Michael Poland will discuss some of this science, as well as the hits and misses of science communication efforts regarding Yellowstone's volcanic character.
Michael Poland is a research geophysicist with the Cascades Volcano Observatory and the current Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. His area of specialisation is volcano geodesy, which emphasises the surface deformation and gravity fields associated with volcanic activity. This work involves the use of space-based technologies, such as Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR), as well as ground-based techniques, such as microgravity surveys. Mike has taken part in studies on a variety of volcanic systems in the United States, including Mount St. Helens and other volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest region, Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes in Hawaii, and the Yellowstone caldera. His recent work has focused on using gravity change over time to understand the character of the fluids that drive volcanic unrest, and also on the potential of satellite data to improve forecasts of future changes in volcanic activity.
Current coronavirus restrictions mean we will not be able to admit an audience to the Ondaatje Theatre to watch our Monday night lectures in person this term. However, all of the lectures will be live streamed and we will let you know when we are able to host a physical audience again.
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Monday night lectures are open to Fellows and members, and are included in the cost of membership.
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