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SCOPE Spotlight

SCOPE is now organizing an expedition (planned for July 13-17), to study the impact of recent eruptions from the volcano Kilauea, on ocean processes east of the Big Island of Hawai'i. The three chlorophyll satellite images shown below (right to left: 18 June, 27 June, 1 July 2018) suggest that ocean phytoplankton may be responding to elevated nutrients that result from volcanic inputs into the sea. A University of Hawai’i Manoa team along with SCOPE Investigators will set out in early July, to discover how the ongoing volcanic eruption is influencing ocean chemistry, biology, and ecosystem processes. Satellite images provided by Ricardo Letelier (Oregon State Univ).

chlorophyll satellite images

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