For Christmas Sentinel-2 offered us this nice picture of the Bezymianny volcano ash trail. Bezymianny is located in the central part of the Klyuchevskaya cluster of volcanoes in the Kamachatka peninsula. The image was acquired on Christmas eve but the ash plume was observed on 20 December.

Bezymianny volcano on 24-Dec-2017 by Sentinel-2

It will be interesting to check later the impact of this ash trail on the snow cover. Ashes are « light-absorbing impurities » which accelerate melt by increasing the absorption of energy in the snowpack (the mechanisms are well explained by Tuzet et al. 2017). However, as noted by Biagio Di Mauro, if the ash layer on the snow cover is thick enough, it could also slow down the melt by insulating the snowpack from the heat brought by the atmosphere when the temperature will rise…NB) J’espère qu’Olivier ne va pas m’en vouloir car ce n’est pas une série temporelle… Mais c’était une belle occasion d’illustrer les vues 3D de Sentinel-2 avec Cesium!edit on 03 Jan 2018 Today’s Sentinel-2 image shows that the ash trail has disappeared…

What happened to Bezymianny between Dec 24 and Jan 03?

The historical snowfall data at the neighboring town of Klyuchi, Kamchatka from meteoblue indicates that it has been covered by a recent snow fall.

Snow fall at Klyuchi (model outputs from meteoblue)


A similar event happened between May 02 and May 03 in the Karymsky volcano, located 225 km in the south and was captured by Sentinel-2. Even the ash plume from the crater is visible:


3 thoughts on “Bezymianny volcano ash trail

  1. Bon, comme c’est Noël, je ne dis rien. Et puis ce n’est pas simple de mêler le 3D et le multi-temporel.Sinon, le Canigou en Anglais, et le Kamtchatka en Français, j’aurais fait l’inverse !

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