News Releases

June 20, 2012
 According to the Alaska Volcano Observatory, no further explosive activity has been detected at Cleveland Volcano following the event at 2:05 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time yesterday. The small ash emission resulting from that explosion was last visible in satellite data east-southeast of the volcano this morning before dissipating. Due to the increased likelihood of explosive activity at...
June 19, 2012
 “The more you show the capability of these things, the more people come up with needs for them." That's what Greg Walker said in a recent piece exploring the utility of unmanned aircraft in Alaska. Walker, the manager of the University of Alaska Unmanned Aircraft Program based at Poker Flat Research Range, and other members of the program are featured in a growing series of articles, videos...
June 6, 2012
Whether you were a kid eager to build your own paper rocket to launch, a robotics enthusiast or a stargazer, all facets of the Fairbanks community participated in the public activies presented by NASA, the Alaska Space Grant Program, the Fairbanks Astronomical Unit and the Geophysical Institute on June 5, 2012. More than 1,000 people attended, sharing in the excitement of viewing the transit of...
June 4, 2012
 On June 5, 2012, Alaskans will have the opportunity to witness an event that no one will likely see again in their lifetime -- the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. Transits of Venus are rare. They occur in pairs and are separated by more than 100 years. Tomorrow will be the second transit to occur this century. The last Venus transit occurred in 2004, but the next pair won't...
June 1, 2012
A surplus of miscellaneous maps are available for FREE in the GeoData Center Map Office on West Ridge. Drop in, check out the selection of free items, while perusing the office's collection of USGS maps, trail guides and more.  For details about the Map Office and what's available there click here. Image courtesy of ASF.
May 25, 2012
Greg Walker, manager of the University of Alaska Unmanned Aircraft Program and Poker Flat Research Range, will be the featured speaker at the inaugerual talk in a new lecture series developed by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society. On Tuesday, June 5, Walker will present "Using Unmanned Aircraft as a Remote Sensing Platform in Alaska" at 11:30 a.m. in the Copper Room of the Fairbanks...
May 1, 2012
The Geophysical Institute is pleased to announce that Associate Professor Franz Meyer has been selected to receive the Best Paper Award of the 9th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar, 2012. The EUSAR award includes an honorarium of 500 euros. The winning paper, titled “Characterization and Correction of Residual Radio Frequency Interference Signatures in Operationally Processed...
April 12, 2012
The University of Alaska Fairbanks Science Potpourri will provide hands-on science fun for the entire family on Saturday, April 14, 2012. The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. in the Reichardt Building on the UAF campus. Graduate students from the Geophysical institute will be there, along with the portable planetarium. Check out this fun, FREE event! The 2012 Science Potpourri is sponsored by...
March 12, 2012
The Alaska Volcano Observatory changed the Aviation Color Code of Iliamna Volcano to Yellow on Friday, March 9. Over the past three months the earthquake rate at the volcano has steadily increased and now exceeds normal background levels. Although it is not certain that this sustained increase in earthquake activity represents the movement of magma at depth, it is a significant change and AVO has...
February 20, 2012
 Following apparent explosive activity and a resultant small ash cloud on February 18, 2012, the Alaska Volcano Observatory elevated the Aviation Color Code to YELLOW and the Volcano Alert Level to ADVISORY for Kanaga Volcano in Alaska's Aleutians. Volcanic tremor had been detected on the local seismic network at Kanaga, followed by numerous small events for about an hour. Short-lived...