More than 20 Years of Experience in Airborne Particulate Analysis and Volcano Risk Assessment

Airborne particulates affect passenger and cargo air traffic as well as other business services. Further, dust storms, industrial waste, and volcanic ash fallout can create business and health risks, resulting in billions in lost revenue.


Airline companies, environmental compliance agencies, government entitites, and other subscribers can access V-ADAPT’s data and tools to mitigate the risks associated with volcanic ash as well as integrate these tools into their decision making process.  


The Solution


Building off of software originally developed by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, our tools allow a user to browse near-real time satellite images, receive alerts, and forecast future particulate locations.  A series of new modules designed to meet the needs of the transportation industry is undergoing beta-testing.  We also offer scenarios planning and data analysis services for risk planning and mitigation. 


V-ADAPT is based on over 20 years of the founders’ experience in mitigating hundreds of eruptions in the North Pacific.  Please contact us if you have any questions.  We are confident that we can meet your needs.




2015-08-11 - Web-based remote sensing data analysis tools available


2014-07-22 - Business Starts to Flow for Volcano Risk Assessment Startup


2014-01-24 - New Company Offers Volcano Tracking Tools


Jon Dehn, Ph.D.


Dr. Dehn is a Research Associate Professor at the Geophysical Institute, UAF with nearly 20 years of experience in building volcano monitoring systems and developing web based products from satellite remote sensing data. Dr. Dehn has been the volcano remote sensing group leader at UAF since 2010 and is behind the development of the web based products and services that V-ADAPT will provide for its clients and customers. Dr. Dehn led the development of the thermal and ash alert systems used by the Alaska Volcano Observatory from 1997 in its operational monitoring systems. At the time, this was the only one of its type in the world and has since become the world standard for volcano monitoring. From 2003 – 2007, Dr. Dehn sat as the Deputy Secretary General for the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI). 

Peter Webley, Ph.D.

Vice President

Dr. Webley is a Research Assistant Professor at the Geophysical Institute, UAF with over 10 years of experience in monitoring volcanic activity and forecasting volcanic ash cloud movement. For the past 5 years, he has been responsible for the development and maintenance of the Puff Volcanic Ash Transport and Dispersion Model (VATD). Dr. Webley has been the advisor to the World Organization of Volcano Observatories (WOVO) representative to the ICAO International Volcanic Ash Task Force (IVATF) from 2010 – 2012.  From 2008 – 2015, he was the co-chair of WOVO and sat as the America’s and Caribbean representative. Dr. Webley is currently working with Dr. Cunningham on a U.S. AirForce Small Business for Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase II project. Finally, Dr. Webley is part of a provisional patent that is pending on a calibration/validation tool.


You may visit Dr. Webley's Blog here.

Keith Cunningham, Ph.D.

Board Member and Founding Advisor

Dr. Cunningham is a Research Assistant Professor of Remote Sensing at UAF.  His company, Mobile Mapping Corporation, was selected by the US Air Force to participate in Phase I & II Small Business Innovation Research to improve volcanic ash forecast models.  Part of the SBIR is to understand how jet turbine engines operate when exposed to volcanic ash.  The intellectual property from the SBIR is being assigned to V-ADAPT to spur the business.  During the 25 years prior to joining UAF, Dr. Cunningham founded and managed several geotechnical consulting firms.  Dr. Cunningham provides his business insights to V-ADAPT as a member of the Board of Directors.

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