The project UAVSAR hopes to collect scientific information that can help improve methods of predicting volcanic eruptions. An airplane designed by NASA is in Peru and flying over the volcano Ubinas Amazonian forests as part of the “Synthetic Aperture Radar for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle” (draft UAVSAR), whose results are expected in two months.

According to the project managers, the target is to collect scientific information that may help improve methods of predicting volcanic eruptions and a better understanding of the carbon cycle in the National Park Manu .

“I hope this project will enable scientists to improve methods to predict volcanic eruptions. Regarding the Amazon forests, we want to understand how the floods in the forest affect carbon cycling in this area, “said Lou Yunling, project manager.

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This is the second time the drone of the NASA takes pictures of Ubinas volcano in the south of the country, where hundreds of farmers and ranchers have been affected by intense activity.

We are working with the IGP (Geophysical Institute of Peru) and we will send you the results when they are ready, “said the scientific Naiara Pinto, who along with Lou Yunling, this week presented the project details UAVSAR headquarters Tech University of Peru.

The initiative has the support of the Embassy of the United States also seeks to collect valuable information on soil moisture and wooded structures and glaciers in Peru, Chile and Ecuador.

When asked about other similar projects developed by NASA, Lou said the U.S. space agency is preparing the launch of the mission SMAP (sensor soil moisture active passive) in November this year and the mission NISAR 2019. The latter is developed in collaboration with the government of India.