Taking samples from an active underwater volcano can be a tricky business requiring careful maneuvering by the underwater vehicles and their pilots. Various instrument readings and samples collected include gas, rocks, bacterial samples, and high resolution mapping of the entire area.
This cruise to the southern Lesser Antilles volcanic arc is part of the INSPIRE project, funded by NSF with the purpose of studying and improving telepresence for ocean exploration. Scientists will implement several student-designed exploration projects led from shore. Kick’em Jenny is the most active submarine volcano in the Caribbean Sea, and during the past century it has shown a history of progressive growth with explosive eruptions. Hazards include explosive eruptions that can breach the sea surface and the potential for tsunami generation.