News Releases

September 8, 2011
 Satellite data indicated a persistent thermal anomaly at the summit of Cleveland Volcano Sept. 3-6, 2011. The growing lava dome in the summit crater has prompted officials to raise the alert level.  As of Sept. 8, scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory have received no further information about unrest at the volcano. Unclear satellite views of the summit and lack of real-...
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
 When Assistant Research Professor Peter Webley arrived at the Geophysical Institute in 2005 he wondered why volcanological data was plotted in two dimensions when it was being computed in three dimensions. At a point when virtual globes were gaining mainstream momentum through programs like Google Earth, it seemed logical to use real-time imaging to display volcanic activity rather than...
August 23, 2011
   The summit crater of Cleveland Volcano is pictured. Cleveland is currently at the volcano alert level of "Watch" as it has exhibited signs of unrest. It is currently classified as aviation color code “Orange” because its increased signs of activity pose potential for an eruption in an uncertain timeframe. Seismic activity is monitored in real time at 30 volcanoes in Alaska...
August 15, 2011
 The Geophysical Institute’s Alaska Satellite Facility will celebrate 20 years since the first downlink of images from an earth-observing synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite by hosting an Open House. The public is invited to tour facilities used for the acquisition, storage, processing and distribution of data acquired from polar-orbiting satellites, and to learn why satellite-borne...
August 5, 2011
Tuesday, August 9 is UAF Day at the Tanana Valley State Fair! This year, several units from the Geophysical Institute will participate with demonstrations in Totem Square from noon until 6 p.m. Staff from the Alaska Satellite Facility, Poker Flat Research Range and the Alaska Volcano Observatory will be available to talk about remote sensing and ASF’s 20th anniversary, display some new unmanned...
March 1, 2011
For Immediate ReleaseFor more than a decade, the Science for Alaska Lecture Series has provided Anchorage residents the latest findings in scientific research relevant to all Alaskans. Traditionally, the lectures are offered during January and February, and serve as an educational and entertaining option for all ages on cold winter nights.This year, lecturers will present on a range of...
February 14, 2011
For Immediate Release FAIRBANKS, Alaska—Three Alaska volcanoes erupted in midsummer 2008. Cleveland, Okmok and Kasatochi volcanoes, all located in Alaska’s Aleutian Chain, made for a hectic 20th anniversary for the Alaska Volcano Observatory. Scientists from AVO and the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will share details of their research on North...
February 14, 2011
For Immediate Release A MODIS satellite image, captured by the Geographic Information Network of Alaska, confirms pilots' sightings of a steam plume emerging from Augustine Volcano. The plume appears to be primarily steam, but reports of a sulfurous smell have been reported by surrounding communities to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. The plume extends an estimated 50 miles from...
February 14, 2011
FAIRBANKS, Alaska—Okmok Volcano in the Aleutian Islands began erupting at 11:43 a.m. Saturday, just five hours after seismologists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory began detecting earthquakes. Okmok is located on Umnak Island near Unalaska in the Aleutian Islands. The initial ash cloud reached heights of approximately 45,000 feet. As of Monday afternoon, an ash cloud was drifting southeast...