Alaska Science Forum: Riding the bumps of the far northern trail

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Release Date: 
2014-04-17
Teaser Title: 
Bumps of the far northern trail
Teaser Text: 
GI writer traverses the North Slope

Ben Jones of the USGSBy nrozell [at] gi [dot] alaska [dot] edu (Ned Rozell)

 

WEST OF NUIQSUT -- A sick snowmachine awaits rescue here on the snow-covered ice of this boot-shaped lake. After an 85-mile journey from our last stop at Umiat, one of the Ski Doo Skandics sputtered to a crawl a few miles from our intended campsite here.

 

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Outreach Office
Remote Sensing
Snow Ice Permafrost
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New director, focus of the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration

Release Date: 2014-02-05

Marty Rogers, 2014, photo by Andy Cummins, GI/UAF

The Arctic is a region of extremes where conducting work and research is often difficult, costly and even dangerous. The Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration and the Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex are poised with new management and a refined focus to make operations easier in the far north. 

Science for Alaska 2014: Illuminating the dark side of the moon with radar

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Release Date: 
2014-02-03
Teaser Title: 
A wonderful tool with many applications
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Franz Meyer talks radar at the Science for Alaska Lecture Series

SFALS 2014 posterRadar sensors are like eyes that see in the dark, but better.

 

Scientists can now illuminate the dark side of the moon or take a look at Venus’ landscape. The sensors can help a plane land in bad weather or watch glaciers crawl toward calving.

 

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Outreach Office
Remote Sensing
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Emma Marcucci

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(907) 474-7676
Research Group(s): 
Remote Sensing

Ph.D., Department of Geological Science (Planetary Science), 2013, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO

B.S., Physics and Astronomy (Departmental Honors), 2008, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Professional Memberships and Awards: 

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship, original award period September 1, 2010 - August 31, 2011, renewed for September 1, 2011 - August 31, 2012 and September 1, 2012 – August 31, 2013

Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Honor Society: Inducted Spring 2007

SERVICE:

Graduate Student Astrobiology Journal Club organizer, Fall 2010-Spring 2013

2012 Research Focus Group organizing committee, August 2012

2012 Astrobiology Graduate Student Conference organizing committee, August 2012

YMCA Period Zero Volunteer, August 2011-May 2012

Denver Rock and Mineral Show science demonstration volunteer, September 2011

Boulder Valley School District mentoring, November 2010-May 2011

Community Access Mentoring, Fall 2009-December 2010 (termination of program)

4th Hydrologic Sciences Student Research Symposium organizing committee, April 2009

JHU Chapter of Society of Physics Students: Vice president, Fall 2007; Fall 2007-Spring 2008

Girl Scouts leader, Barclay Elementary School, Baltimore, MD, Fall 2005-Spring 2008

Positions Held: 

(January 2014 - Present) Postdoctoral Fellow, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks

(Summer 2009 - August 2013) Graduate Student Research Assistant, Laboratory for Atmosphere and Space Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado

(Summer 2008) Research Assistant, JHU Physics Department, Baltimore, Maryland

(Summer 2006 - Fall 2007) Research Assistnat, JHU Physics Department, Baltimore, Maryland

Present Research Interests: 

I am most intrigued by surface processes and histories of planets.  In particular, I feel that many ideas and conclusions can be drawn when comparing processes and features on Earth to other planetary bodies.  This comparison helps elucidate past environments and changes over time both on Earth and other planets.  In an astrobiological sense, understanding paleoenvironments speaks to the habitability of a planet; thus how widespread life may be beyond Earth. Additionally, recognizing the present day expression of those paleoenvironments will help guide selection of sites of interest for future missions.

For my Ph.D. research, I worked on acid-sulfate alteration of basalts in volcanic environments as an analog for early Mars.  My postdoctoral work will at volcanoes in Alaska and on other planets using stereo photogrammetry.
Selected Publications: 

Marcucci, E.C., B.M. Hynek, K.S. Kierein-Young, and K.L. Rogers (118) Visible-near infrared reflectance spectroscopy analysis of acid-sulfate alteration in volcanic systems in Nicaragua: Analogs for early Mars, J. Geophys. Res. Planets 118, 2213-2233.

Hynek, B.M., T.M. McCollom, E.C. Marcucci, K. Brugman, and K.L. Rogers (2013) Assessment of environmental controls on acid-sulfate alteration at active volcanoes in Nicaragua: Applications to relic hydrothermal systems on Mars, J. Geophys. Res. Planets 118, 2083-2104.

Marcucci, E.C. and B.M. Hynek (in review) Experimental and theoretical alteration of basalt and basaltic minerals under acid-sulfate conditions at elevated temperatures: Implications for early Mars, J. Geophys. Res. Planets

Marcucci, E.C., B.M. Hynek, K.S. Kierein-Young, and M. Osterloo (in prep) Application of acid-sulfate experiments, models, and fieldwork to Coprates Chasma, Mars

New company offers volcano tracking tools

Release Date: 2014-01-27
Augustine in 2006, Photo by C. ReadA new company will offer technology featuring volcano-tracking products developed by the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute.

UAF to head one of six FAA UAS test sites

Release Date: 2013-12-30

ACUASI staff, unmanned aircraft pictured in late 2013The University of Alaska will serve as one of six official Federal Aviation Administration unmanned aircraft system test sites, the federal agency announced today.

 

Lecture to highlight volcanic eruption detection

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Release Date: 
2013-11-04
Teaser Title: 
Volcanic eruption detection
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Dehn to provide special lecture

The University of Alaska Fairbanks will host a free public lecture, "Detecting volcanic eruptions from afar,” Wednesday, November 6 at 5:30 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. Parking on campus is free after 5 p.m.

 

Professor of remote sensing Jon Dehn will give the presentation, which is part of the weekly research showcase hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity.

 

For more information on the lecture, call 450-8772 or visit http://www.uaf.edu/ursa/.

 

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Department: 
Outreach Office
Remote Sensing
Volcanology
Other

LiDAR and geohazards in Alaska

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Release Date: 
2013-10-21
Teaser Title: 
LiDAR, geohazards in Alaska
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Alaska's IEEE GRSS to feature special luncheon, lecture Oct. 25

 

Alaska's IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society will host a lecture and luncheon 

10-25-13 Alaska IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing lecture poster

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Outreach Office
Remote Sensing
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Alaska Science Forum: Taking to the sky to better sniff the air

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2013-07-18
Teaser Title: 
Aerosol studies get boost
Teaser Text: 
Prof. Cahill to use AeroVironment Ravens for research

Cathy Cahill in 2013 by Ned RozellBy nrozell [at] gi [dot] alaska [dot] edu (Ned Rozell) 
 

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Atmospheric Science
Outreach Office
Poker Flat
Remote Sensing
Other

Looking back in time at the world's oceans

NASA's Seasat satellite in orbit in 1978. The payload at the bottom of the satellite contains the first synthetic aperture radar NASA ever put in space.

Photo by NASA.

 A time capsule of satellite imagery of the earth will become available to scientists this month.

On June 28, digital imagery from more than three decades ago will be released by the Alaska Satellite Facility at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, NASA’s processor and distributor for this type of data. The images reveal an unprecedented view of sea ice, waves, forests, glaciers and more.

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