New Delhi: Volcanic ash, which is hard and abrasive, can damage aircraft and disrupt air traffic. Volcanic ash can also affect both proximal areas and areas many hundreds of kilometres from the source, and causes disruptions and losses in a wide variety of different infrastructure sectors.
With the advance of science and technology, nowadays agencies around the world track volcanic clouds and issue alerts to the aviation community.
Now, data from NASA earth-observing satellites is improving the ability to detect and forecast the hazard to aviation from volcanic clouds.
The US space agency has also released a video explaining how satellite imagery detects volcanic ash and helps aircraft avoid catastrophe!
Video credit: NASA.gov Video/YouTube