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Volcanic ash is awaiting Europe

April 21st, 2010

Every time we witness an impressive spectacle as the eruption of the volcano in Iceland, it is natural to speculate about our insignificance compared to the power of Nature.

In this case we have also the finding of the inadequacy of Europe as a political entity to manage the extraordinary and unforeseen emergencies. All decisions were taken individually by each European country on the basis of theoretical MetOffice prediction , based on forecasting models of winds at high altitude.

Yet there are skills and tools (i.e. European Satellites) to ascertain the true extent of the ash cloud and the actual characteristics of its particles.

In this regard it should be mentioned the site of CETEMPS (University of L’Aquila),  containing  online ash estimates,  derived from MSG satellites observations, for particles > 10-50 microns.

The forecast, updated April 20, 11:30,  of the evolution of the volcanic, drafted by CETEMPS, extended until midnight on April 23, is shown on the right. —>

For more details visit the CETEMPS web site (http://cetemps.aquila.infn.it/Cetemps/it/ ), where you can find the comparison between the CETEMPS analysis and VAAC (Volcanic Ash Advisory Center) simulations, prepared by MetOffice for 00UTC 21 April.

For more informations on MSG satellites here are some links:

link from ESA;

link from EUMETSAT;

Satellites at a glance on this site .

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Tags: ash cloud, eumetsat, Europe, metoffice, msg satellites, volcano in iceland
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