Memo to Emergency Response Teams
From: Mission Control
Subject: Your Task
Response Teams. There may be a volcanic eruption on Montserrat.
The Soufrière Hills volcanic structure is active. In the coming
mission, the Space Shuttle will upgrade a satellite that is
monitoring conditions on the island. The satellite will then
transmit seismic data every hour. You will use this data to
predict whether or not the volcano is imminently dangerous.
To prepare, this week you must investigate
the dangers the people of Luzon faced during Operation Mt. Pinatubo.
The Mt. Pinatubo eruption provides plenty of historical data
for you to study. Use your knowledge of Earth system science
to analyze the destruction from the eruption and compare it
to the destruction caused by the Yellowstone Fires. Like the
people of Luzon, the people of Montserrat may need your help.
Each member of your Emergency Response Team has a distinct investigative
role. Each member is assigned to investigate either the hydrosphere,
atmosphere, lithosphere, or biosphere. Throughout the t-minus
3-week period, you must focus on your assigned sphere and investigate
the changes that occur due to volcanic activity.
Don't forget that teamwork is important if you want to accomplish
your assigned tasks. Continue to work, share, compare, and organize
your facts, theories, and questions. Keep in mind that you will
evaluate each other based upon the team rules that you selected
during the Application Process. A lack of teamwork on your part
could mean disaster for the people of Montserrat. They are counting
Here is a summary of your e-Mission preparatory tasks at t-minus
- Study how volcanoes work and how to predict danger.
- Each team member must consider the Operation Mt. Pinatubo
findings in terms of the short and long term impact upon his
or her sphere: "How is my sphere affected by a volcanic
- Analyze the Mt. Pinatubo eruption event and list comparisons
to your Yellowstone Fire analysis.
- Practice analyzing volcanic data to prepare for the transmission
of hourly data on mission day.
- Constructively evaluate your team members.