Network of sensors for monitoring of volcanic ash in air transport safety

SECESTA project consists of a network of sensors for the monitoring of volcanic ash in the air and transport safety. The atmospheric dispersion of ash produced by the explosive activity of volcano Etna is a significant risk factor for Eastern Sicily and in particular for the area surrounding the city of Catania. The project is developed by PMF Research in close collaboration with the University of Catania and local research centers. SECESTA implements a monitoring system of volcanic ash that can pinpoint the exact location of pyroclastic materials in order to provide warnings and recommendations in timely aeronautical users.

PMF Research develops the management software platform. In addition, the company creates the web interface and implemented the algorithms required to monitor the ash flow. Communication flow with the server is managed through API realized with the contribution of the partners. PMF Research is also in charge of dissemination and exploitation of project results.

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Jul. 2011 – Feb. 2015

Total budget

1.518.686,00 €

Project number



PO FESR 2007-2013

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