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Ilulissat, known as “the city of icebergs” sits adjacent to Greenland’s Ilulissat Glacier, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Such outlet glaciers lead ice sheet loss in Greenland. New research shows that if this loss continues at its current rate, it could result in an ice-free Greenland.

New research shows an iceless Greenland may be in the future

Geophysical Institute
June 19, 2019
New research shows an iceless Greenland may be in the future. If worldwide greenhouse gas emissions remain on their current trajectory, Greenland...
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A rendering of ice in the Olympic Mountains, Washington made with the Parallel Ice Sheet Model. The model is a valuable tool for scientists to simulate ice behavior and has been used in 100 publications as of May 2019. Image by Andy Aschwanden.

Ice sheet model reaches 100th publication benchmark

Geophysical Institute
June 14, 2019
Ice sheet behavior is complex, to say the least. To understand it, scientists must first understand dozens of physical processes in the ice,...
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In this aerial image, thermokarst lakes are seen on June 21, 2017 in Alaska, United States.

Hot summers causing arctic sinkholes as permafrost thaws rapidly: study

June 11, 2019
Arctic sinkholes are appearing across the Canadian High Arctic as permafrost -- ice expected to be frozen year-round -- thaws and collapses due...
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The Kennicott Glacier flows out of the Wrangell Mountains in Alaska. A new review of glacier research found that glaciers worldwide will lose up to 36% of their mass by 2100, resulting in almost 10 inches of sea level rise. Photo by Regine Hock.

Melting small glaciers could add 10 inches to sea levels

Geophysical Institute
May 22, 2019
A new review of glacier research data paints a picture of a future planet with a lot less ice and a lot more water. Glaciers worldwide are...
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Wade Albright was named deputy director of the Alaska Satellite Facility in March 2019. UAF photo by Fritz Freudenberger.

Alaska Satellite Facility’s Albright focuses on lifelong learning

Geophysical Institute
May 16, 2019
Wade Albright said his job was like “drinking water out of a fire hose” at one point. He was working as a technician at the Alaska Satellite...
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Merritt Randolph Helfferich at the blackboard. UAF GI photo.

Legislature Honors Former University Employee’s Legacy

Geophysical Institute
May 14, 2019
The Alaska State Legislature passed a memorial citation this week honoring former UAF employee Merritt Randolph Helfferich. Helfferich was a 61...
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A meteorological tower owned and operated by the Alaska Climate Research Center monitors climate and weather in the Fairbanks area. The tower was acquired last fall and, this spring, will be able to monitor air quality thanks to a new Purple Air sensor installation. Photo by Telayna Wong.

Upcycled Science

Geophysical Institute
April 29, 2019
If you browse websites like Pinterest, you might be impressed with how creative crafters turn unwanted items into functional pieces. You may be...
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UAF students work on NASA projects as part of Space Grant

KXDF Fairbanks
April 26, 2019
In a lab at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, engineering students are working on projects for NASA, as a part of a congressionally mandated...
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Reyce Bogardus, left, and Matthew Balazs pose with their 3D printed scale model representing the Mendenhall Glacier’s ice volume at three points in history. UAF photo by Fritz Freudenberger.

Students’ 3D model illustrates decline of Alaska glacier

Geophysical Institute
April 10, 2019
Matthew Balazs sits at his desk holding a plastic model of the Mendenhall Glacier and surrounding valley in his right hand. In his left, he has a...
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