New Eruption Monitoring Tool for Mt Ruapehu

12 April 2011

Researchers from Volcanic Risk Solutions

Researchers from Volcanic Risk Solutions and the University of Hamburg in Germany have successfully installed a high-speed Doppler Radar at Mt Ruapehu. The new system, which was funded by Massey University, is one of only a few worldwide to be deployed at a volcano. It has been set up at Whakapapa on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu, where the radar has an uninterrupted view of Ruapehu's Crater Lake. The highly sensitive system will detect an eruption even in darkness and when the volcano is covered by cloud.

The installation of the Doppler Radar system is part of a wider collaborative project between Volcanic Risk Solutions researchers and researchers from the University of Hamburg. The collaboration has been supported by funding from the Royal Society of New Zealand and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, who have provided funding to support travel of the researchers to Germany and New Zealand, respectfully.