Puff Volcanic Ash Tracking Model
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Click on an initial eruption height below to watch a predictive ash dispersion animation based on current atmospheric conditions.
The Puff model is a volcanic ash tracking model developed at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. It has been supported by University of Alaska Fairbanks and its Geophysical Institute, the Alaska Volcano Observatory, and the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center. Click here to go directly to the UAF Puff Web site where you can track ash for other Pacific Rim volcanoes including Washington’s Mount St. Helens.
Also on this site you can find ash tracking 3D simulations using Google Earth.
Click on the Initial eruption height:
( A new browser window will launch.)
This model requires windfield data on a geographic grid covering the area over which ash may be dispersed. Representative ash particles are initiated at the volcano's location and then allowed to advect, diffuse, and settle within the atmosphere. The location of the particles at any time after the eruption can be viewed using the post-processing software included with the model.
The information provided on this site is purely for educational purposes, and should not be used for actual volcanic monitoring and predictive purposes.
The University of Alaska and the Geophysical Institute are not responsible for content provided on this page.