Imagine having a volcano in your backyard that has erupted for the past 93 years. Around the world, volcanoes threaten nearly half a billion people. Lava domes, in particular, can erupt for decades, generating a myriad of hazards to life and property. More than 1.9 million people live within 10 km of lava domes that have been active since 1900, making improved understanding of eruption processes at active lava domes critical. In November 2017, National Geographic Explorers Stephanie Grocke, Ross Donihue, and Gabby Salazar will be embarking on a month-long expedition to Guatemala to conduct innovative science on the top of an active volcano in Guatemala while also producing a multimedia outreach campaign that will highlight the risks associated with living near an active lava dome. Stephanie, a volcanologist, will be applying cutting-edge photogrammetry techniques to the active Santiaguito lava dome in Guatemala, to monitor volcanic activity using ground-based, time-lapse photography. Gabby and Ross, both visual storytellers, will be using multimedia to bridge the gaps between volcanologists and the hundreds of thousands of people that live within ~10 km of the active Santiaguito volcano, in the city of Quetzaltenango. Working in collaboration, this team will help connect the scientists studying volcanoes to the people living around them.
Stephanie Grocke is a volcanologist whose research has focused on explosive volcanism. As a National Geographic Explorer and a U.S. Fulbright-NSF Arctic Research Scholar, Stephanie has conducted research on volcanoes in the Central Andes of South America, Iceland, and Central America. Currently, Stephanie is interested in bridging the gap between scientists studying active volcanoes and the people that live around them. To learn more about Stephanie’s work and research, click here
Gabby Salazar is a National Geographic Explorer and a past President of the North American Nature Photography Association. As a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Photography and an Associate Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, Gabby has worked on environmental photography projects across the world, from Indonesia to Peru. Gabby is currently pursuing a MSc in Conservation Science at Imperial College London. Click here to see more of her work.
Ross Donihue is a designer that specializes in map-based storytelling. As a National Geographic Explorer, Ross has led cartographic expeditions around the world. Ross uses visual communication to connect people with places. He started Maps for Good in 2012 with the mission to create maps and digital media for conservation frontiers in the US and abroad. Ross is currently pursuing a Masters degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Click here to see more of his work.
While on the summit of Volcán Santa Maria we participated in a National Geographic Explorer Classroom. Click here to see the full video.
This is a virtual reconstruction of our photo exhibit that we have donated to the local tourism board in Xela, Guatemala.
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Here are some of our latest expedition photos
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