Studying volcanic emissions may enable volcanologists to better predict volcanic patterns and eruptions. For example, changes in the carbon isotopic composition of magmatic CO2 are correlated with the depth of the origin of CO2. Gas from lower depth appears usually several weeks before seismic activity or eruptions occur. The continuous high frequency monitoring of the carbon isotope variations of CO2 opens new fields of research in volcanology.
The Thermo Scientific™ Delta Ray™ Isotope Ratio Infrared Spectrometer can continuously measure isotope ratios from carbon dioxide in ambient air. It is transportable, making it an ideal solution to bring to the field to conduct analysis of volcanic CO2 gas.
Andrea Rizzo from INGV, Italy
"A step forward in the surveillance of volcanoes is now possible."