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UAF researchers and partner institutions will use computer modeling to study the impact of climate change on Alaska’s rapidly melting Malaspina Glacier, pictured here. Researchers say the loss of the ice may create a new bay in southeastern Alaska. UAF photo by Martin Truffer.

Study to investigate melting Malaspina Glacier, potential new bay

Geophysical Institute
September 18, 2020
The rapidly melting Malaspina Glacier in southeastern Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park could create a new ocean bay, one feature in what...
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Jeff Rothman trains Mindy Lagonegro, nursing supervisor for the Fairbanks Correctional Center, on how to use the UV disinfection unit built by the Geophysical Institute’s Electronics and Machine shops. UAF Photo by JR Ancheta.

New GI-designed device sanitizes masks for first responders

Geophysical Institute
August 20, 2020
Ultraviolet light stops many pathogens in their tracks, a fact known for decades. Jeff Rothman has an old light box with a bank of long-wave UV...
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Jessica Larsen, UAF professor of volcanology, was appointed as the associate director of the GI in July.

Jessica Larsen named GI associate director

Geophysical Institute
August 17, 2020
The Geophysical Institute appointed Jessica Larsen as the new associate director this July. Larsen, a professor of volcanology, joined the GI...
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UAF Professor Uma Bhatt has recently been elected as an American Meteorological Society Fellow

Uma Bhatt elected American Meteorological Society Fellow

Geophysical Institute
August 10, 2020
The American Meteorological Society announced UAF Professor Uma Bhatt has been elected as an AMS Fellow. Presentation of Bhatt’s award will take...
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The aurora crosses the sky near Poker Flat Research Range. Recent discoveries made by researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the U.S. Geological Survey allowed researchers to record aurora using seismometers, the primary tool to monitor earth movement. Photo by Aaron Lojewski.

Scientists record aurora using earth-monitoring tools in Alaska

Geophysical Institute
July 28, 2020
Earthquakes, with origins deep underground, and the aurora, at the limits of our atmosphere, seem like phenomena worlds apart. The reality is...
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The Elvey building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, home to the Geophysical Institute. GI photo by LJ Evans.

GI hosts free outdoor walking tour

Geophysical Institute
July 15, 2020
Looking for something to do outside while you socially distance? Since inside tours of the Geophysical Institute are temporarily suspended due to...
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Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski featured GI scientists Mike West and David Fee on her podcast. Photo from the office of Lisa Murkowski.

GI's Mike West, David Fee discuss tsunami on Sen. Murkowski’s podcast

Geophysical Institute
June 18, 2020
Senator Lisa Murkowski, chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, last week recorded the sixth episode of her new...
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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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