Combining High Temporal Resolution Gas Composition and Seismic Data to Identify Subsurface Fluid Movement within the Katmai Volcanic Complex, Alaska
Monday, 14 December 2015: 08:15
308 (Moscone South)
Volcano seismicity is often attributed to subsurface fluid movement; however the type of fluid (i.e. magma, volatiles, or hydrothermal waters) cannot be uniquely identified using seismic data alone. The chemical composition of volcanic gases released from active volcanoes can be used to distinguish magmatic from hydrothermal degassing, and to identify magma recharge from depth. In this project we use complementary geochemical and seismic datasets from three hydrothermally and seismically active volcanoes within the Katmai Volcanic Cluster, Alaska, in an effort to constrain seismic signatures of subsurface fluid movement. We combine new data collected in July and August 2013 from Mount Martin Volcano, with previously presented gas and seismic data from the nearby volcanoes of Mount Mageik and Trident. High temporal resolution (~1 Hz) major-species (e.g. H2O, CO2, SO2, H2S) gas composition measurements were collected over four ~30 minute sample periods each day for 2-4 week periods from the target volcanoes using campaign MultiGas instruments located adjacent to the primary degassing sources. These instruments were complemented by co-located broadband seismometers on the crater rims of Mount Martin and Mount Mageik, as well as by the Alaska Volcano Observatory Katmai seismic network, which consists of nine short-period and two broadband seismometers located within 30 km of the target volcanoes. Here we apply template-matching techniques to identify repeating earthquakes, and compare changes in shallow seismicity with changes in gas composition. Preliminary results from Trident suggest a potential link between an ~5 day SO2 gas pulse, presumed to reflect magma degassing, and shallow repeating earthquakes. In this study, we present analysis of ~4 weeks of new gas and seismic data from Mount Martin and expand on the analyses at Trident in an effort to provide robust correlations between potential geochemical and geophysical signals of subsurface fluid movement.