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An eruption launches magma in area with surface fracturing in Iceland’s Bárdarbunga volcanic system on Sept. 14, 2014. A paper published in May may help anticipate similar volcanic eruptions. Photo by Jeffrey Alan Karson, Syracuse University.

New method may help anticipate large volcanic eruptions

Geophysical Institute
May 18, 2020
Volcanic eruptions are not easy to anticipate. Now, a new paper proposes a way to provide early clues by evaluating magma movement far beneath...
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GI Director Robert McCoy was elected to the governing board of USRA, the Universities Space Research Association, in early May. UAF photo by Sean Tevebaugh.

Geophysical Institute director joins space research board

Geophysical Institute
May 11, 2020
Robert McCoy, director of the Geophysical Institute at UAF, was elected to the governing board of USRA, the Universities Space Research...
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Imagery from the SARVIEWS 2.0 interface shows the M 7.1 Ridgecrest, CA Earthquake from July 2019. SARVIEWS 2.0, is a free automated tool that allows scientists, the public and emergency management professionals to monitor and analyze natural hazards in near real-time.

Online tool allows fast, free natural-hazard visualization

Geophysical Institute
April 29, 2020
Volcanoes can pulse and inflate before they erupt. Earthquakes can tear the ground along fault lines like a losing raffle ticket. Satellites can...
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The settlement of Abu Hureyra, in Syria, may have been destroyed 12,800 years ago because of a comet. Image credit: Jennifer Rice, CometResearchGroup.org

Fire and ice: exploding comet may have destroyed paleolithic settlement

Geophysical Institute
April 6, 2020
New analysis of materials from an archeological site in Syria suggests it may be the only human settlement we know about that was destroyed by...
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A submarine surfaces through the Arctic Ocean sea ice during a previous naval Ice Exercise. Photo courtesy of Arctic Submarine Lab

UAF scientists lend expertise to Navy’s arctic ice camp

Geophysical Institute
March 6, 2020
University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists are providing strategic ice and weather expertise to the U.S. Navy during its Ice Exercise 2020 in the...
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Cryospheric Science MVP

Geophysical Institute
February 26, 2020
Andy Aschwanden received 2020’s Most Valuable Player award from the NASA Cryospheric Science Program last week. The award was in recognition of...
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Artist concept of the solar system. Image by NASA

Venus study is finalist in NASA’s Discovery Program

Geophysical Institute
February 18, 2020
Venus was once Earth-like and maybe even habitable. Why is it so different from Earth now? This week NASA announced its selection of four...
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Shishaldin volcano erupts, as seen from Cold Bay, Alaska, U.S, January 6, 2020. Photo by Aaron Merculief.

"AVO Radio" to bring volcano updates to the airwaves

Geophysical Institute
February 5, 2020
Some Alaskans have the dubious distinction of a volcano practically in their backyard, across the water or upwind. Now, a new radio program will...
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A NASA sounding rocket launches from Poker Flat Research Range north of Fairbanks on Jan. 27, 2020. UAF photo by JR Ancheta.

NASA sounding rocket launches from Poker Flat

Geophysical Institute
January 29, 2020
A NASA sounding rocket launched from Poker Flat Research Range north of Fairbanks at 4:40 a.m. on Jan. 27, 2020. The rocket arced to a high point...
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