Ash Plumes and Sulfur Dioxide of the Volcan de Fuego Eruption in Guatemala



In an article published on, the spread of Sulfur Dioxide into the atmosphere due to the recent volcano eruption in Guatemala was seen via the Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership Satellite (Suomi NPP). What we see in the image is the amount of SO2 in the air expressed in Dobson units. A Dobson unit is a unit of measurement for the total amount of ozone in the atmosphere above a point on the earth’s surface. One Dobson unit is equivalent to a layer of pure ozone 0.01mm thick at standard temperature and pressure.

This image was generated thanks to Suomi NPP/NOAA/NASA Earth Observatory

The Image below is a view from the satellite of the atmosphere after the eruption on June 3rd, 2018.




NOAA Marine Debris Program

“The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation’s marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.”- Mission Statement

This great program is doing all they can to keep our water safe, clean, and healthy. Through educational programs, hands-on relief work and working hand-in-hand with the government, non-profits, and the community,  the NOAA Marine Debris Program strives to improve the ocean everyday.

An interesting feature, that you can find on their website, is a map that shows where the MDP is currently working on projects. Some of the projects happening now include the clean-up in the San Diego Bay, trash removal at a NY salt marsh, and modifying crab traps in Alaska. Check out the rest of the project here.

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