At the Geophysical Institute the breadth of our research is reflected by our disciplinary-based, functional groupings of faculty and research staff. These research divisions reflect the range and diversity of the GI's active scientific research projects, which reach from the center of the earth to the center of the sun and beyond.

Space Physics & Aeronomy

  • Aeronomy & auroral physics
  • Middle atmosphere
  • Ionospheric physics
  • Radio physics
  • Magnetospheric physics
  • Solar & interplanetary physics

Tectonics & Sedimentation

  • Geochronology & paleomagnetism
  • Solid earth geophysics
  • Straitigraphy & sedimentation
  • Structural geology
  • Tectonics

Volcanology

  • Intraplate volcanism
  • Plate margin volcanism
  • Volcanism & climate
  • Seismology
  • Volcanic hazards

Atmospheric Sciences

  • Atmospheric chemistry & physics
  • Atmospheric dynamics & climate change
  • Radiation budget
  • Clouds of the upper atmosphere

Remote Sensing

  • Climatology
  • Chryospheric studies
  • Earth systems
  • Geological & biological studies
  • Hazards monitoring
  • Planetary studies

Seismology & Geodesy

  • Earthquakes
  • Earth structure
  • Crustal deformation
  • Alaska tectonics
  • Tsunamis
  • Volcano seismology and infrasound

Snow, Ice & Permafrost

  • Climate and climate change
  • Glaciers
  • Snow
  • Lake, river & sea ice
  • Permafrost