Welcome to the website of the IAVCEI Remote Sensing Commission. This site documents remote sensing data for volcanic eruptions between 2008 and 2014. A companion site documents more recent eruptions.

Aims: To promote the use of field, airborne, and spaceborne remote sensing techniques for the analysis of volcanic eruptions and the mitigation of volcanic hazards.

We recommend that anyone interested in tracking volcanic clouds using remote sensing techniques, and who wishes to keep abreast of the latest events, should join the Volcanic Clouds discussion group.

Commission Leader 
Fred Prata (fred_prata@hotmail.com)
Visiting Scientist
Dept. of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics
University of Oxford, UK

Secretary and web administrator 
Simon Carn (scarn@mtu.edu)
Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI, USA

An eruption of Sarychev Peak (Kurile Islands) on June 12, 2009, captured by astronauts on the International Space Station. The white bubble-like feature at the top of the eruption column may be a pileus cloud, which form above rapidly rising convective plumes.