Mount Erebus is the southernmost active volcano in the world and one of only three volcanoes worldwide to host a persistently active lava lake in its summit crater. Our supervisor, Dr. Clive Oppenheimer, goes to Mt. Erebus every season (that’d be during the Austral summer [northern hemisphere winter], so typically about November – January), and sometimes he takes his students with him!
This season (2012-2013), Nial Peters is reporting from Mount Erebus. Nial uses infrared cameras to study the surface of the Erebus lava lake. This year, he’ll be sending us lots of updates and photos from the field, so stay tuned!
Last season (2011-2012), Team G-081 (the Erebus volcanology team), included just two Volcanofiles: Tehnuka Ilanko, who is studying the gas emissions from the lava lake, and Nial Peters, who is using FLIR infra-red imagery to study the movement of the lava lake surface.