11/23/2014 03:18 pm ET Updated Nov 23, 2014

Team Of UH-Hilo Researchers And Its Drone Assist In Mapping Lava Flow

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Predicting where the June 27 lava flow will go next is a fluid business.

In addition to the original topography of the landscape impacted by lava flows, workers with Hawaii County Civil Defense must take into account the changes made to the topography by the hardened lava left on the surface and how that will affect future flows.

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