News Releases

July 7, 2011
 In June 2011, Geophysical Institute Professor Anupma Prakash was notified that a chapter she helped pen for the Earth Exploration Toolbook was selected for inclusion in the Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network, also known as CLEAN. The chapter, titled “Whither Arctic Sea Ice?,” provides teachers and students the opportunity to measure the extent of sea ice in the Arctic using...
March 16, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Stevie Seibert, GI Public Relations, 907-474-5229, stevie.seibert@gi.alaska.eduFairbanks, Alaska—For many years now, scientists have been tracking the thaw of permafrost throughout the Arctic. Since permafrost with the highest ice content is usually found closer to the ground surface where our structures are, Alaskans and other Arctic communities face major changes...
March 2, 2011
For Immediate ReleaseAs the Arctic climate warms, permafrost begins to thermally degrade. Transformation of this frozen layer of earth triggers changes in every aspect of surface water and energy in the Arctic. While the region experiences warming, permafrost becomes thinner, and its extent in the boreal forest shrinks. Alterations to permafrost also influence the look of the...
February 11, 2011
For Immediate Release Five scientists from the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) will lead sessions at the International Geophysical and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), September 20 through 24 at the Egan Convention Center in Anchorage. Drawing hundreds of scientists and engineers from across the globe, IGARSS is the premier international conference on remote...
February 11, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recognized its In-Flight Icing Product Development Team, including UAF Geophysical Institute Assistant Research Professor Jeff Tilley, as the winners of the 2002 Excellence in Aviation Award. As part of the Icing Product Team, Tilley provides experimental real-time modeling of aircraft icing potential for the benefit of...
February 11, 2011
For Immediate Release  Experts on climate change in Alaska and the Arctic will gather in Anchorage on Friday, Sept. 24 to give presentations on thinning Alaska glaciers, melting permafrost, and the possibility of shipping routes through the Canadian Arctic in the near future. Ten scientists will present talks on current changes to the northern landscape at the Egan Center in Anchorage...
February 11, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE After working for the past decade toward increased permafrost monitoring in Alaska, scientist Vladimir Romanovsky is going global due to funding from the National Science Foundation. For the next three years, Romanovsky, a professor of geophysics at University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a researcher in the Permafrost Lab at the Geophysical Institute, will...
February 11, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  The Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is saddened to learn of the death of Karoline Frey, a 27-year-old graduate student with the instituteʼs snow, ice and permafrost group. Frey, a native of Altensteig, Germany, died on March 24 after falling into a crevasse on a small glacier on Item Peak in the Alaska Range. Frey was on a...
February 11, 2011
There is evidence that the McGinnis Glacier, a little-known tongue of ice in the central Alaska Range, has surged. Assistant Professor of Physics Martin Truffer noticed the lower portion of the glacier was covered in cracks, crevasses, and pinnacles of ice—all telltale signs that the glacier has recently slid forward at higher than normal rates. It has not been determined whether the glacier...
February 11, 2011
For Immediate Release   The coastal mountains along the Gulf of Alaska and Alaska’s inside passage are home to the largest glaciers outside of the polar region. The close proximity of the Pacific Ocean to this region’s high mountains makes these glaciers especially dynamic. Tidewater glaciers sometimes exhibit wild instabilities that can lead to dramatic changes much...