In the past Nishinoshima was a little uninhabited island, located 620 miles south of Tokyo, that formed in the 1970s when an underwater volcano erupted.
Over the past three years Nishinoshima has considerably grown in size. In November 2013, after more than 30 years, a major eruption occurred and almost ceaselessly continued until late 2015.
Scientists consider Nishinoshima a natural laboratory as it gives them a unique opportunity to observe the formation of a new ecological system.
Japan has already been considering registering the island as a wilderness area to ban people from the island and prevent any disruption to the natural evolutionary process.
At the moment, Nishinoshima is only being monitored from the air and satellite imagery, such as the one accessed via Spaceknow Analytics, plays an integral role in studying its formation.