Volcanology

Makushin - Active fumaroles in the summit crater of ice-capped Makushin volcano, Unalaska Island, Alaska. Photo by Jessica Larsen

Volcanology research at UAF encompasses the following disciplines:

  • Geology
  • Petrology and Geochemistry
  • Seismology
  • Infrasound
  • Remote Sensing
  • Geodesy

For 40 years, the UAF Geophysical Institute (GI) has been recognized as a leader in volcanology research in Alaska and beyond. Alaska is home to 52 active volcanoes, creating an unparalleled natural laboratory for research in volcanic processes and hazards. The Volcanology group bridges across different research disciplines to better understand active volcanic processes, develop tools for monitoring, and train the next generation of researchers through graduate and undergraduate research and mentoring. Our expertise includes seismology, infrasound, geodesy, petrology, geology, satellite remote sensing, gas geochemistry and aerosols. Volcanology facilities at the GI and UAF comprise geophysical networks, satellite receiving facilities, experimental petrology and the Advanced Instrumentation Lab in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The GI is a partner ag