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Title: A real-time tephra fallout rate model by a small-compact X-band Multi-Parameter radar
Authors: Magfira Syarifuddin
Oishi, Satoru
Nakamichi, Haruhisa
Maki, Masayuki
Ratih Indri Hapsari
Hanggar Ganara Mawandha
Nurnaning Aisyah
Ahmad Basuki
Agoes Loeqman
Shimomura, Makoto
Iguchi, Masato
Keywords: Engineering::Environmental engineering
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Syarifuddin, M., Oishi, S., Nakamichi, H., Maki, M., Hapsari, R. I., Mawandha, H. G., Aisyah, N., Basuki, A., Loeqman, A., Shimomura, M. & Iguchi, M. (2020). A real-time tephra fallout rate model by a small-compact X-band Multi-Parameter radar. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 405, 107040-.
Journal: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 
Abstract: Real-time monitoring of volcanic tephra fallout rate is an important factor to predict ash plume dispersion and to mitigate risk to air traffic. Ground-based weather radar has been one of the fundamental instruments to detect the plume and derive eruptive source parameters, such as the tephra fallout rate. The current work presents the use of two small and compact X-band Multi-Parameter (X-MP) radars for a new tephra fallout rate model development and the technical aspects of the system in Sinabung and Merapi Volcanoes. The new model estimates the tephra fallout rate using two radar parameters: the specific differential phase shift parameter and the reflectivity intensity factor. Total cumulated mass estimated from the radar-based tephra fallout rate model from the radar is compared with the plume height model and an empirical radar-based model. A volcanic eruptive index (VEI)-2 of Sinabung generated a plume exceeding 15 km, resulting in a maximum tephra fallout rate of 0.58 kg m−2 h−1 and a total tephra mass of 51 × 106 kg. The VEI 1 of Sinabung caused a plume height of 2.5 km, resulting in a maximum tephra fallout rate of 0.3 kg m−2 h−1 and a total cumulated tephra of 9 × 106 kg. In the last case, a VEI 1 eruption of Mt. Merapi produces a 6 km plume, resulting in a maximum tephra fallout rate of 0.28 kg m−2 h−1 and a total cumulated tephra of 35 × 106 kg. The sector range height indicator scan-mode strategy in the VEI 2 eruption of Mt. Sinabung ran at six degrees azimuth angles capturing only a partial volume of the plume. Thus, the total mass was only 22% of the result from the empirical plume height model, even though the plume height was assumed to be equally the same with the maximum height scanned of radar at 7 km. In contrast, the volumetric scan by a plan position indicator strategy gave a total cumulated tephra mass, that matches better to the result of the empirical plume height model at 65–92%. Based on these results and the ability of the X-MP radar to capture the volcanic plume at the same reported onset time, we can confirm the importance of an X-MP radar for real-time tephra fallout monitoring during an eruption.
ISSN: 0377-0273
DOI: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2020.107040
Schools: Asian School of the Environment 
Research Centres: Earth Observatory of Singapore 
Rights: © 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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