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Residents of Utqiagvik return by snowmachine from the lead at the edge of the shore-fast ice. Photo by Andy Mahoney, UAF Geophysical Institute

Scientists aim to improve sea ice predictions' accuracy, access

Geophysical Institute
January 18, 2022
Sea ice predictions have improved markedly since the founding of an international forecasting and monitoring network 14 years ago. “These...
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A student at John Fredson School in Venetie, Alaska, works with one of the drone kits provided by the Alaska Satellite Facility through a NASA grant. Photo by Terri Mynatt

UAF scientists help rural students do science with tiny drones

Geophysical Institute
January 14, 2022
The little airborne drone zipped across a lake near the Interior Alaska community of Venetie in late autumn, destined for a patch of white that...
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Chris Waigl at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in New Orleans. Photo courtesy Chris Waigl.

AGU research spotlight: Hyperspectral imaging of forests can aid wildfire prevention

Geophysical Institute
December 17, 2021
Airborne hyperspectral imaging can be a valuable tool in wildfire prevention and forest management. That’s the message from a technology...
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Louise Farquharson, a research assistant professor at the UAF Geophysical Institute, checks a borehole near Nome on Alaska's Seward Peninsula. Photo courtesy of Vladimir Romanovsky

AGU research spotlight: UAF scientist finds Alaska’s Arctic coastal towns face extensive inundation

Geophysical Institute
December 17, 2021
Coastal erosion and land subsidence driven by permafrost thawing may lead to extensive seawater inundation in several northern Alaska communities...
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Alex Witsil

AGU research spotlight: Postdoc creates method that can aid nuclear explosion detection

Geophysical Institute
December 17, 2021
A University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher has devised a method to improve detection of distant explosions, including nuclear detonations, by...
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Taryn Lopez uses a ground-based instrument to measure sulfur dioxide emissions at Pavlof Volcano on the Alaska Peninsula in July 2017. Photo by Pavel Izbekov.

AGU research spotlight: New volcano activity monitoring method enhances early warning

Geophysical Institute
December 16, 2021
Satellite data can now routinely be used to detect low levels of sulfur dioxide emissions from volcanoes, giving scientists another tool to...
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Victor Devaux-Chupin in an office where he conducts research at the UAF Geophysical Institute. Photo by Daniel Walker.

AGU research spotlight: Student’s research provides insight into world’s largest piedmont glacier

Geophysical Institute
December 14, 2021
Understanding the surges and retreats of Alaska’s Malaspina Glacier is key if climate change models are to be applied to the glacier with...
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 Jamshid Moshrefzadeh in Iceland in August 2021 to observe the eruption of Fagradalsfjall volcano. Photo courtesy Jamshid Moshrefzadeh.

AGU research spotlight: Student aids understanding of Bogoslof Volcano

Geophysical Institute
December 14, 2021
Magma recharge from the late 2016 eruption of Bogoslof Volcano in Alaska resumed in March 2017 and continued until the end of a months-long...
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Clouds of vapor traces caused by chemical releases from the rocket form a grid pattern to show the movement of the wind in the upper atmosphere. The photograph was made from a NASA aircraft off the northeast coast of Greenland. Photo by Jason Ahrns

Rocket flies high over Norway in UAF scientist’s atmosphere experiment

Geophysical Institute
December 1, 2021
A NASA sounding rocket soared high from a launchpad in Norway on Wednesday morning in a decades-old quest to understand the cause of a persistent...
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