In an effort to educate the public on the risks surrounding volcanic air pollution, the U.S. Geological Survey unveiled a new web-based dashboard that includes real-time data on air-quality and how much volcanic haze, or 'vog' is present at several areas on the Big Island.
The dashboard is just one of several new informational products about the health hazards of volcanic air pollution.
Scientists hope the information is especially useful for people with respiratory risks.
"Those are people we would hope would use these resources and learn to identify wind conditions, and what conditions are going to bring vog to their area," said Tamar Elias, USGS.
The USGS worked with Durham University in the United Kingdom, the International Volcanic Health Hazard Network, the Hawaii Department of Health, the Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes at UH-Hilo, the National Park Service and the Hawaii County Civil Defense to develop the site, which brings information about vog together on one site.
Vog has affected more areas, especially since the Halemaumau vent opened up in 2008.