Japanese volcano entertainment!
Day 2, another good day started off by a look at the occurrence and possible reasons for volcanic lightning, a look at cyclic activity at Santiaguito and the recent Taupo 2008 unrest.
Heading in to my own section, some great discussions were had on my poster, so thanks all for comments. It is fantastic coming to events such as these when you come from such a small volcanology department (there are certainly benefits to this as well though!). Controversy in the CO2 section, what is the true value of global volcanic CO2 emissions? What is the error? Apparently estimations keep growing, now there are very significant variations in peoples estimates. It was also good to hear from experiences of others at the IAVCEI Early Career meeting - major lesson learnt - sometimes success is just luck!
Visiting the back streets of Kagoshima with two friendly Americans, one from Cambridge Uni and the other from New Mexico Tech. We found a great restaurant on the 2nd floor with the below menu (all in Japanese - we're in trouble you say! Wrong! As luck would have it, New Mexico Tech used to live in Japan and new some of the writing. So after a lot of deliberation we decided on what we thought were Satsumas, Soba noodles and something called "children of the trees with bacon". We ended up with fried sweet potatoes, a bacon salad, soba noodles and some chicken thing. It was the best meal I have had so far, and I received free postcards for my trouble, people here are so friendly.
That's it for today, field trip tomorrow around Aira caldera (I think!), time to get some rest.