Spider Sensors Helping Predict Volcanic Activity
The collaborative effort by Washington State University researchers, US Geological
Survey, and NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab might hold the key to predicting volcanic
Assistant Professor WenZhan Song, leading a team of graduate students at WSU
Vancouver, has been designing a smart sensor network for the past 3 years.
Spider Sensors, designed by US Geological Survey, are multi leg robots that
are air dropped into test sites. The network applied to the Spider Sensors is
able to provide real time information of Mt. St. Helens volcanic status. This
technology will potentially help predict future eruptions in effort to help
This is the first time satellite and institute sensors have been paired to work
together to enable better monitoring systems.
Currently there are 16 spider sensors networked together on Mt. St. Helens
monitoring its volcanic activity.
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