News Releases

December 5, 2011
Geophysical Institute Atmospheric Sciences graduate student Peter Bieniek received an award for his poster presentation at the World Climate Research Programme Open Science Conference. The award was in recognition of his outstanding poster presentation titled “Large-scale climate controls of Interior Alaska river ice breakup.” The study was published in the Journal of Climate change earlier this...
November 17, 2011
 By Ned Rozell For many Alaskans, January 1989 is a month that still numbs the mind, because of the cold snap that gripped much of the state for two weeks. In Fairbanks, fan belts under the hoods of cars snapped like pretzels; the ice fog was thick and smothering, and the city came as close as it ever comes to a halt, with many people opting to stay home after their vehicles succumbed...
November 11, 2011
 Temperatures were above normal this October for most of Alaska. Temperature averages more than 4 degrees Fahrenheit above October’s long-term mean were observed in Barrow (5.6 degrees Fahrenheit higher), Fairbanks (4.7 degrees higher), Big Delta (4.3 degrees higher) and King Salmon (4.1 degrees higher). Like the previous 3 months, Barrow reported the largest positive deviation of the nine...
October 24, 2011
 Atmospheric Sciences Professor Nicole Mölders was re-elected as a member of the Membership Committee for UCAR -- the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Additionally, the membership of the University of Alaska Fairbanks in UCAR was renewed for the next eight years. UCAR serves as a hub for research, education and public outreach for the atmospheric and related Earth...
October 17, 2011
A scientific book by GI Professor Nicole Mölders titled "Land-Use and Land-Cover Changes: Impact on Climate and Air Quality" was published by Springer as 
Volume 44 of the Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences Library. Mölders is a professor with the GI’s Atmospheric Sciences research group and is the Academic Department Chair for Atmospheric Sciences through the UAF College of Natural...
October 10, 2011
 Temperatures were above normal in September for most of Alaska. High positive deviations (greater than 3 degrees Fahrenheit) were observed in declining order for Barrow (4.6 degrees), Fairbanks (4 degrees) and Big Delta (3.9 degrees). Like the previous two months, Barrow reported the largest positive deviation of the eight-city summary. The only negative deviation was observed in Juneau at...
September 19, 2011
Barbara Day, the administrative assistant for Atmospheric Sciences, was chosen as the 2011 recipient of the William R. Cashen Service Award by the UAF Alumni Association. The Cashen Service Award was created to recognize and perpetuate the example set by its namesake for service to the university and its alumni association. Day will be honored with eight other award-winners at the...
September 12, 2011
For most of Alaska, temperatures were below normal this August. Large negative deviations greater than minus 2 degrees Fahrenheit were observed in Juneau (minus 2.8 degrees Fahrenheit), King Salmon (minus 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit) and Nome (minus 2.1 degrees Fahrenheit). Like the previous month, Barrow reported the largest positive deviation with plus 3.2 degrees Fahrenheit. The only other positive...
September 12, 2011
 August 22 – 25, the Geophysical Institute hosted The Technical Cooperation Program’s Volcanic Ash Working Group Meeting at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Wood Center. Representatives from the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia and a variety of organizations including the U.S. Department of Defense, U.K. Ministry of Defence, Defence Research and Development Canada, U.S. Geological Survey...
August 25, 2011
 Despite a minimal population and vast terrain, air quality is a challenge in some Alaska communities. During the winter months, the Interior city of Fairbanks traditionally exceeds the 24 hour National Ambient Air Quality Standard, or the NAAQS. Professor Nicole Mölders of the Geophysical Institute’s Atmospheric Sciences group and doctoral candidate Huy Tran are investigating what causes...