Former graduate student Amy Burzynski recently published a paper on the use of artificial intelligence to classify and relate lava lake thermal patterns to eruption conditions at Kilauea volcano in Hawaii.

The paper, “Lava lake thermal pattern classification using self-organizing maps and relationships to eruption processes at Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaii” was published in December, 2018 in a special edition of the Geological Society of America called “Field Volcanology: A Tribute to the Distinguished Career of Don Swanson”.

The paper includes UNC coauthors Dr. Steven Anderson, Professor of Geology, and Dr. Katie Morrison, Associate Professor of Mathematics, as well as USGS Hawaii Volcano Observatory’s Dr. Matt Patrick and USGS Alaska Volcano Observatory’s Dr. Tim Orr.