News Releases

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...
December 30, 2011
 According to the Alaska Volcano Observatory, a single explosive event sent an ash cloud up to 15,000 feet from Cleveland Volcano. Satellite images from December 29 reveal the ash cloud has detached and is drifting east/southeast from the volcano.  Based on the presence of an ash cloud, AVO has raised the aviation color code at Cleveland Volcano to ORANGE and alert level WATCH....
December 7, 2011
 The Geophysical Institute has a strong presence at the American Geophysical Union's Fall Meeting in San Francisco. Joining forces with the Alaska Satellite Facility, the International Arctic Research Center, the Institute of Northern Engineering, the Water and Environmental Resources Center and the Institute of Marine Science, the GI is part of a combined booth in the Exhibitors Hall. The...
December 5, 2011
As of Jan. 1, 2012, Chris Petrich will begin work at the Northern Research Institute (Norut) in Narvik, Norway. Petrich will be working on ice-related issues as part of a team of researchers. For a start, he will continue his work on oil-in-ice and other issues of relevance to Norway, including ice loads in hydropower dams.  Petrich has been at the Geophysical Institute since 2006, when...
November 4, 2011
  The Alaska Satellite Facility and the Geophysical Institute will host the 2011 Committee on Earth Observation Satellites' Synthetic Aperture Radar Calibration and Validation Workshop from Nov. 7 to Nov. 9, 2011. The meeting will be held in the Copper Room at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge. During the workshop, representatives of all major international space agencies will...
October 12, 2011
 Orders can be placed now for “North by 2020: Perspectives on Alaska’s Changing Social-Ecological Systems,” a 736-page book edited by Associate Professor of Political Science Amy Lauren Lovecraft and Geophysical Institute Professor Hajo Eicken and available through the University of Alaska Press.  “North by 2020” originated from a series of workshops held at the Alaska Forum of the...
September 26, 2011
University of Alaska Fairbanks' Anupma Prakash, Remote Sensing Group leader at the Geophysical Institute and co-chair of the Department of Geology and Geophysics, is on the cover of this month’s issue of On Campus, published by the American Federation of Teachers. The cover article, about pay and promotion inequities for women in academia, discusses a recent report by AFT titled “Promoting gender...
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
 High in the Andes Mountains, a few volcanoes have been inflating for decades despite not having erupted in hundreds of thousands of years. Geophysical Institute scientists lead a South American-based project to study the world’s largest body of magma and its implications in a land of super eruptions. Over the next five years, Research Professor Steve McNutt, Assistant Research...
August 24, 2011
 Long before Robert Herrick was a research associate professor at the Geophysical Institute, he was a doctoral candidate at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas working on the Magellan mission. Launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1989, the imaging radar orbited Venus until 1994. Herrick’s current research has brought him full circle. Along with...