News Releases

November 22, 2016
Along Alaska's southern coast, harbor seals use icebergs from tidewater glaciers as platforms to give birth, nurse, molt and avoid predators. As these glaciers melt and thin, some may retreat onto land and no longer calve into the ocean. Researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute and the National Park Service have successfully tested a method to measure how much...
August 18, 2015
Derek Starkenburg’s academic progression is a case study in how a person can set out in one direction only to find the path leads down many forks. As a kid, he was fascinated by the spaces people inhabit. “I thought if you could control that space, you could do something to influence the feelings that those spaces engender in people,” Starkenburg says. These interests led him to a master’s...
February 5, 2014
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. Marty Rogers was appointed to lead ACUASI in January 2014 and has overall...
February 3, 2014
Radar 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.   Franz Meyer, associate professor of remote sensing at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, will address the potential...
January 27, 2014
A new company will offer technology featuring volcano-tracking products developed by the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute. V-ADAPT Inc., which stands for Volcanic Ash Detection, Avoidance and Preparedness for Transportation, will offer online services geared toward the airline industry and others who need to detect and track volcanic activity.“We think we have a well-...
December 30, 2013
The University of Alaska will serve as one of six official Federal Aviation Administration unmanned aircraft system test sites, the federal agency announced today. The Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex will be managed by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and includes key partners in Oregon and Hawaii. The complex, with its geographic diversity in landscapes spanning seven climatic zones,...
October 21, 2013
 Alaska's IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society will host a lecture and luncheon on Friday,October 25 at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. and will feature Richard D. Koehler of the Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys and his lecture, "Application of LiDAR to Geohazard Characterization of Alaska." A full lunch buffet...
May 31, 2013
 Hajo Eicken, a geophysicist and sea ice expert at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, has penned a Comment piece that is in Nature. Eicken's Comment addresses the need for better forecasts of Arctic sea ice and is available here. With climate change causing the Arctic ice pack to melt, more and more northern waters are opening up to shipping each summer. Sea ice...
May 30, 2013
  By Molly Rettig   “This morning the seismic tremor was down just a little bit from yesterday. We’re hoping it calms down before too long, but it might last for awhile.”     Jeffrey Freymueller was on the phone last week with the electric utility in Cold Bay, a community about 40 miles from the Pavlof Volcano, which had been erupting for more than a week. The utility...
May 16, 2013
By Molly RettigOn the 5-mile snowmachine ride up to Point Barrow, we saw several fresh polar bear tracks the size of dinner plates, a pile of whalebones from last year, and a 3-foot-wide crack in the sea ice that could swallow a sled. The crack was created when an ice floe in the open water crashed into shore-fast ice.It was masked in a snowdrift, and our guide Brower Frantz nearly fell into it....