Measuring volcanoes’ temperatures is hot work

Release Date: 
Monday, February 26, 2007

For Immediate Release

Volcanoes give us important information about their behavior from their temperature. However, getting close enough to take a volcano’s temperature is often a dangerous undertaking. In the past, measurements required the volcanologist to get uncomfortably close to the activity. Recent advances in digital infrared imaging allow volcanologists to measure temperatures from a safe distance and over large areas with infrared cameras.

Jon Dehn, research associate professor of volcanology with the Geophysical Institute at University of Alaska Fairbanks, will give a lecture on Jan. 30 about his work measuring the temperatures of volcanoes.

“Some Like it Hot: Volcanoes in the Infrared,” is the final installment of the 2007 Science for Alaska lecture series, coordinated by the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The free, one-hour event begins at 7 p.m. Monday at Centennial Hall Convention Center. All ages are welcome.


Jon Dehn, Geophysical Institute: 474-6499
Kevin Myers, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, UAS: (907) 796-6530