(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – A team of scientists from the UWI Seismic Research Centre and a group from the University College in London (UCL) are on island to deploy sensory systems to examine the gaseous emissions at the Sulphur Springs Park.
The project is part of a wider research to monitor gas emissions from volcanoes around the world.
“We will install some sensors around the area and on the volcano itself in other to evaluate the amount of Carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere at any given point in time” said Dr. Stephen Hailes, UCL Professor.
Dr.Hailes further elucidated on the procedures involved. “We have a carbon dioxide sensor; and instruments for measuring humidity, temperature and barometric pressure. A computer system will then be used to remotely control the device and communicate the data back to the Interpretation Centre where the collected data will be uploaded to a virtual cloud so it can be viewed in real time.”
The Soufriere Volcano has been categorized as a live system. A Volcanologist attached to UWI Seismic Research Centre, Dr. Patricia Joseph, explained the importance of continuous monitoring for such systems. “There has to be an ongoing monitoring because there is a potential for change and we have to be able to monitor the baseline levels of activity to detect when things get into unrest.”
The team plans to train the tour guides at the park to assist in the monitoring of gaseous emissions.
The Soufriere Foundation is a not for profit organisation located in Soufriere. Its mandate is to undertake social, economic, cultural and other sustainable developments in the Soufriere region. The organization which was established in 1993 generates revenues from its operational sites: the Sulphur Springs Park, Gros Piton Nature Trail, Comfort Center, Soufriere jetties and 88.5 Soufriere FM.