BBC to Feature UNC Professor Studying Hawaiian Volcano

Aerial view of the the Kilauea volcano's Halemaumau crater.

University of Northern Colorado Professor of Earth Sciences Steven Anderson will be filmed on location next week by the BBC as he conducts fieldwork on the active lava lake at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano.

Anderson's segment for "Volcano Live" is scheduled to appear in Europe on July 14, the fourth and final day of the broadcast. The program will feature Anderson's research on scanning topography using a laser to image the Halemaumau crater and active lava lake. The research is to aid monitoring efforts associated with hazards from the lava lake and to better understand how the Kilauea volcano works.

Anderson will be joined by his former student Dave Finnegan, now a laser system expert with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Finnegan and Anderson have worked as colleagues on volcanoes and glaciers for more than 10 years.

Anderson, who's also director of UNC's Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute, conducts research on active lava flows on Earth, and older lava flows on Mars and Venus. He is currently funded by the NASA Mars Fundamental Research program to look at the surfaces of lava flows on Mars and interpret the types of volcanic eruptions responsible for their formation. He has worked on active volcanoes worldwide, including Alaska, Indonesia, Iceland, New Zealand, Japan, Peru, Chile, Guatemala and Italy.

U.S. networks have not yet announced plans to broadcast the show. For more about the program, including clips, visit

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