News Archive

January 12, 2018
There are no photographs of bison spilling by the thousands across the Great Plains. By the time cameras came along, most of the bison were gone. John Wright of Fairbanks believes he has an Alaska version of what that photo might have been.   His image, 12 slide frames stitched together to show the Brooks Range rising from northern tundra, is papered on a wall of the University of Alaska...
December 21, 2017
NEW ORLEANS — As a child, Deb Long spent many hours at the post office in Ester, Alaska. Her mother Ruth was the postmaster there. As an adult, she has settled into a funky little house that stands on brick legs in the Holy Cross section of New Orleans. She likes to listen to jazz while trimming her banana tree and working on a former wagon house she rents out as an airbnb.   After she...
December 14, 2017
NEW ORLEANS — At this gathering of thousands scientists at a horseshoe bend of the lower Mississippi River, a few talked about a place far away they have been watching for years.   “The Arctic shows no sign of returning to the reliably frozen state it was a decade ago,” said Jeremy Mathis, an oceanographer with the Pacific Marine Environmental Lab in Seattle.    He was one of...
December 19, 2017
NEW ORLEANS — At this gathering of thousands of scientists at a horseshoe bend in the lower Mississippi River, a few talked about a place far away they have been watching for years. “The Arctic shows no sign of returning to the reliably frozen state it was a decade ago,” said Jeremy Mathis, an oceanographer with the Pacific Marine Environmental Lab in Seattle. He was one of four scientists...
December 15, 2017
University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists are presenting their work at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in New Orleans this week. Here are some highlights of their research, as shared at the world’s largest Earth and space science meeting. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma made landfall this autumn within two weeks of each other. In their wake, emergency response professionals labored to...
December 14, 2017
University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists are presenting their work at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in New Orleans this week. Here are some highlights of their research, as shared at the world’s largest Earth and space science meeting. In the scientific world of high-tech research and data modeling, it’s easy for a scientist to get caught up in the details of science. However,...
December 14, 2017
The American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting is the perfect place to showcase new scientific ideas and research. And as science becomes more interdisciplinary, so does the meeting. Peter Webley, associate research profesor at the UAF Geophysical Institute, on Dec. 12 presented his work in a new AGU series that blends science with art. The presentation combined wildfire imagery with originally...
December 14, 2017
One of five diesel engines at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program facility in Gakona, Alaska, provided power to Copper Valley Electric Association residential customers for 24 hours in late November. In accordance with air quality regulations, HAARP provided 10 percent of its annual power generation for residential use, totaling more than 33,000...
December 14, 2017
University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists are presenting their work at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in New Orleans this week. Here are some highlights of their research, as shared at the world’s largest Earth and space science meeting. Permafrost is a critical feature in high latitudes. As the planet warms, so does permafrost. Its thawing has significant consequences — greenhouse...
December 7, 2017
Snow falling silently on Alaska’s mountains will in a few months transform into a medium for migrating salmon, and so much more.   “That snowflake that falls on the mountain now is water that flows in streams and rivers late in summer,” said Gabe Wolken, a glaciologist who works both for the state and the University of Alaska.   Wolken and his colleagues recently added a snow-depth...