The Geophysical Institute houses numerous facilities where scientists and staff conduct important work in areas integral to Institute research foci. From the Alaska Satellite Facility, whose radar images allow all-weather study of sea ice, earthquakes, and volcanoes, to Poker Flat Research Range, the only university-owned rocket range in the world, Geophysical Institute facilities put our astounding science into action.

Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration

  • Developments in UAS
  • Pan Pacific UAS Test Range Complex
  • Search and rescue

Alaska Climate Research Center

  • Forecasts
  • Climographs and daily climate data
  • Seasonal weather data

Alaska Earthquake Center

  • Recent earthquakes
  • Earthquake preparedness
  • Seismicity reports

Alaska Satellite Facility

  • Synthetic Aperture Radar Distributed Active Archive Center (SAR DAAC)
  • Alaska Satellite Facility Enterprise
  • Satellite Tracking Ground Station
  • GeoData Center

Alaska Space Grant

  • Funding
  • Research
  • Education & public outreach

Alaska Volcano Observatory

  • Current volcanic activity information
  • Ashfall reports
  • Alaska volcano webcams

Chaparral Physics

  • Rugged and robust scientific instruments
  • Infrasound sensors
  • Devices in use from Antarctica from Alaska

College International Geophysical Observatory

  • Infrasound array
  • Seismometer
  • World-Wide Lightning Location Network
  • Magnetometer

GeoData Center & Map Office

  • Map Sales
  • Photo Sales
  • USGS Topographic Maps

Geographic Information Network of Alaska

  • Receive data from satellites
  • Turn geospatial data into products that help Alaskans
  • Partner with many institutions and agencies

High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP)

  • High-power, high-frequency transmitter for study of the ionosphere
  • Explore natural phenomena occurring in the Earth's ionosphere
  • Active experimentation in the ionosphere and upper atmosphere

Instrument Development Services

  • Custom fabrication
  • 3D Printing
  • Electronics

Mather Library

  • Book and document loans
  • Bibliographies
  • Special collections
  • Services
  • Hours and location

Petrology Lab

  • Pore Structure and Micro-FTIR Spectroscopic Analyses
  • Research
  • Publications

Poker Flat Research Range

  • Largest land-based rocket range in the world
  • Incorporates rocket and payload assembly
  • Contains telemetry stations for satellite and rocket communications

Research Computing Systems

  • Operates high-performance computational systems
  • Data storage
  • Web services


  • Super Dual Auroral Network
  • Sites throughout Alaska
  • Real-time data

Geochronology Facility

  • Mass spectrometer dating
  • Analytical services including mineral separations, heating experiments, and laser total fusion experiments

Wilson Alaska Technical Center

  • Support for the National Technical Means
  • Global operations in all environments
  • Research, development, testing and evaluation
  • Seismoacoustic and geophysical expertise