The receival of a last minute NERC Impaft Fund has meant a mad dash to be ready for a sampling session at Vulcano. The volcano which all others take their name! I am quite excited about adding another volcano to my growing list.
So....what do I do to prepare for fieldwork. One of the first things you do is check all the main equipment is working! In this case, I am developing a new technique which means a brand new Matlab Application finished the Friday before I leave! Hopefully its suitably free of bugs! Next I list the equipment I need, check I know how to use it and I have plenty of spare batteries.
As always, last minute clothes packing and as always I forget one thing...this time it was deodrant...
Vulcano is one of the Aeolian Islands (which includes Stromboli, Lipari) and is fantastic for remote sensing for the majority of the year because of generally good measurement conditions and persistent fumaroles at the La Fossa Crater! Its easily accesible by boat from Milazzo.
So, here I am writing this blog on the pier in Milazzo after surviving two days of driving in Palermo (one Italian told me if you can drive in Palermo you can drive anywhere) and the North coast of Sicily! I am going to try and do a little bit of tweeting/blogging from the field if I have time!