Hawaiian Volcano Observatory


PROJECT DESCRIPTION Patterns and rates of surface deformation provide important information about active volcanic processes. This information is used to monitor Hawaiian volcanoes for potential hazards and to advance our scientific understanding of the volcanoes as physical systems. HVO monitors deformation in real time with tiltmeters and dilatometers and in near real-time with the Global Positioning System (GPS). We also collect interferometric satellite radar (InSAR) data, and conduct periodic GPS, leveling and gravity surveys. We have a variety of field and office projects related to our scientific and monitoring efforts.
VOLUNTEER DUTIES Routine field work includes conducting GPS, leveling and/or gravity surveys and maintaining continuous GPS, tiltmeter, and dilatometer stations. Most of these stations are remote and can be accessed only by off-road vehicle (4x4), helicopter, or foot. Work can be strenuous and, occasionally, at altitudes to 13,500 ft (4,100 m).

Typically, volunteers divide their time between field and office work. Ongoing office projects available for interested volunteers include:

Assistance in creating and archiving interferograms from InSAR data. Programming assistance, including Matlab coding, writing web-based and other applications that interface with MySQL databases, debugging existing Java packages and porting Fortran programs to newer platforms and/or languages.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 20 yrs old, and should be either working toward a degree in earth science, have already completed such a degree, or have equivalent work experience. Applicants must be in good physical condition and be willing to spend a day hiking over uneven ground in the rain with a heavy pack. Applicants should not have respiratory or other health problems that might be aggravated by exposure to volcanic fumes or intense heat. They must provide their own field gear, including a large-sized day pack, raingear, and sturdy, leather hiking boots.

Familiarity with Linux, Java, MySQL, HTML, Perl, Fortran, Matlab, Windows are all helpful. Electronics and construction skills are helpful for the building and maintenance of continuous deformation monitoring stations. A background in geology, geophysics, geodesy, mathematics or physics would be useful for data analysis and interpretation.

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