News Releases

May 15, 2013
Taryn Lopez received a GeoPRISMS Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue a project focused on three volcanoes on the Alaska Peninsula. Her project will use geochemical measurements of volcanic fluids and seismic data from three historically active volcanoes within the Katmai Volcanic Cluster. With this information, she hopes to determine the source and flux of volcanic gases, identify proportions of...
May 13, 2013
 By Molly Rettig  In Alaska, our lives revolve around the weather. When it comes to predicting conditions like temperature, snow and rain, the best glimpse into the future comes from climate models. But standard climate models are very broad—looking at how global climate will be affected by things like escalating carbon dioxide emissions.  In a land of permafrost,...
April 18, 2013
Teachers and staff participating in UNITE US, a U.S. Department of Education funded program developed by staff at the Geophysical Institute, attended the 2013 National Science Teachers Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas last week. Teachers provided feedback on the UNITE US program and informed participants on the program at the event.  UNITE US curriculum focuses on Arctic...
April 11, 2013
 By Ned Rozell An April snowstorm whirling outside my window today seems to be announcing the postponement of spring. As I sit here watching the show, it makes me think back to the shortest summer ever. In 1992, it snowed more than 9 inches on May 12th. A string of 70-degree days that followed ate that up in a hurry, but the snow returned in early fall. By September 13th, more than...
March 19, 2013
 The University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Natural Science and Mathematics will showcase the role of the ocean in the retreat of Arctic Sea Ice this week. Seminars will be held in the Geophysical Institute Globe Room and Elvey Auditorium. On March 19th and 20th, the Sydney Chapman Chair and the International Arctic Research Center will present an Untersteiner Lecture & Discussion...
March 14, 2013
 The Alaska Weather Symposium held March 12-13, 2013 drew more than 60 scientists, weather forecaters, graduate students, military representatives and stakeholders to the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. The group met to discuss changes in extreme events, hazardous weather, difficulties in weather forecasting and air quality. The symposium was the best attended since the first one in...
March 12, 2013
By Ned Rozell  Forty years ago, an Army helicopter pilot flying over a tundra plateau saw a group of caribou. Thinking something looked weird, he circled for a closer look. Theanimals, dozens of them, were dead. The pilot reported what he saw to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The caribou, 48 adults and five calves, were lying in a group. The way their carcasses rested...
March 8, 2013
 Alaska Weather Symposium: A venue for current research on state’s unique atmospheric conditionsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 8, 2013CONTACT: Amy Hartley, GI information officer, 907-474-5823, amy.hartley@gi.alaska.edu Fairbanks, Alaska— With 365,000,000 acres, Alaska’s variable terrain creates distinct climate regions, curious weather conditions and unique local concerns. Whether it is...
February 27, 2013
The Climate of Alaska for 2012 

By Gerd Wendler, Blake Moore and Kevin Galloway of the Alaska Climate Research Center at the Geophysical Institute, UAF This review of the climate of Alaska is predominantly based on the 20 first order climatological stations in Alaska, which are operated by NOAA’s National Weather Service. These stations are all of high quality, operated by professional...
February 18, 2013
 By Ned Rozell This just in: 2012 was the coldest year of the new century in Fairbanks, and the second coldest here in the last 40 years. Fairbanks isn’t the only chilly place in Alaska. Average temperatures at 19 of 20 long-term National Weather Service stations displayed a cooling trend from 2000 to 2010, according a recent study written up by Gerd Wendler, Blake Moore and Lian...