News Releases

August 24, 2011
 Fairbanks is the only place in Interior Alaska with more than a century of good weather records. Gerd Wendler and Martha Shulski combed through the numbers for Fairbanks and wrote a paper, "A Century of Climate Change for Fairbanks, Alaska," that appeared in a recent issue of the journal Arctic.  Wendler is the director of the Geophysical Institute’s Alaska Climate Research Center...
August 24, 2011
 Arctic haze, a blob of dirty air that fuzzes up Alaska views in springtime, seems to be losing its punch. By comparing air measurements in Barrow from the 1970s to 2008, scientists have found that pollution particles from factories in Russia and Eurasia have become fewer and fewer in the last 30 years. “The Arctic haze is disappearing,” said Glenn Shaw, who did pioneering research...
August 23, 2011
 Come meet representatives from Johnson Space Center, Jet Propulsion Lab, and Ames Research Center. Explore possible collaborations in research and education. Make yourself more competitive in proposing to Alaska Space Grant and Alaska NASA EPSCoR Research Initiation Solicitations. This is the ideal venue to make connections and sell your research ideas. Come find out how your...
August 22, 2011
 By Tim Mowry / tmowry@newsminer.com Aug. 05, 2011 FAIRBANKS – Fairbanks winters just got warmer. The National Weather Service recalculates its monthly temperature, precipitation and snowfall normals every 10 years based on daily statistics recorded from the previous 30 years… Read more here: http://newsminer.com/view/full_story/14970825/article-Fairbanks-winters-get-...
August 4, 2011
 In the next few weeks, researchers at Poker Flat Research Range will study polar ice clouds and their environment in the late summer skies of Fairbanks. These studies will use the Poker Flat Incoherent Scatter Radar that can detect turbulent structures in the upper atmosphere.  The radar has the unique ability to steer a beam rapidly while capturing an image of the atmosphere as...
February 11, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWeather is a hot topic here in Interior Alaska and a quick way to get anyone talking. Not a day goesby in winter months without some observations of temperatures, air inversions, or even a mentionthat the sun budged another degree above the horizon.When it comes to predicting weather events, however, particularly the extreme events — such as harsh winds, impact from massive...
February 11, 2011
For Immediate Release  FAIRBANKS, Alaska—During the mid-1970s, Glenn Shaw of the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks stumbled upon the notion of Arctic haze after collecting aerosol samples from Barrow, Alaska. At that time, many believed the Arctic to contain relatively pure air due to its remote locale and minimal population. However, the concept was rocked once...
February 11, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The first of a four-part rocket experiment successfully launched from Poker Flat Research Range at 1:07 a.m. Thursday morning.  The remaining three rockets included in the experiment are scheduled to launch when the weather and aurora conditions are optimal between now and March 23.   The relatively small Orion rockets will capture information on the...
February 10, 2011
For Immediate Release  Two Improved-Orion sounding rockets were launched in succession from Poker Flat Research Range last night. The first rocket of the DUST project launched at 8:45 p.m. and the second rocket launched at 10:45 p.m. Both rockets flew through Earth's upper atmosphere, reaching altitudes of 62 vertical miles. Their flights lasted nearly 6 minutes each, before...
February 10, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  The last three rockets of a four-part rocket experiment successfully launched from Poker Flat Research Range early Friday morning.  The first rocket of the experiment was launched March 7th, and the final three launched Friday at 2:15 a.m., 4:03 a.m. and 4:42 a.m. The relatively small Orion rockets have captured information on the characteristics of ...