During the eruption, members of the UH Hilo drone team provided data to Civil Defense to aid in a range of ways, such as helping residents to recoup losses.
Now that the lava flow is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay, researchers are using autonomous ocean robots, an unmanned technology, to capture live ocean data close to the entry area.
UH Hilo has been analyzing lava flow samples from Kīlauea since 2013 but the composition barely changed. Then came May 2018 and a dramatic change.
Katherine Mulliken works as a geologist for the Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, a partner of the Alaska Volcano Observatory, but was sent back home to help with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory response to the 2018 Kīlauea eruption.
UH Hilo professors, scientists and students are providing valuable expertise and resources on multiple fronts, helping government officials assess the hazards to the public and its personnel, and decide where and how to respond.
Preliminary results of study show different neighborhoods have different infrastructures in place to help people cope with natural disasters.
The former flow front stopped just short of the Pāhoa Transfer Station early last month, creating a perfect viewing area for the public.
The students viewed seven different learning stations hosted by scientists and experts from Civil Defense, UH Hilo’s Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes, UH Hilo Department of Geology, and Hawai‘i Electric Light Company.
The Discovery Chanel’s video includes an excellent explanation of how the lava mapping is done from the UAV flights in the field to the data analysis and mosaic creation done at the UH Hilo Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization Laboratory.
UH Hilo geography researchers have been working with Hawai‘i County Civil Defense and Hawai‘i Island United Way to design a survey that will capture the needs of the lower Puna community affected by the lava flow.