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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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Cameron Markovsky, Tyler Rai, Nina Elder and Hannah Perrine Mode view an ice cave on the Kennicott Glacier during a research expedition this summer. Photo by Julian Dann.

'Erratic' collaboration supports both science and art

Geophysical Institute
November 23, 2021
A random meeting between a scientist and an artist in the remote and quirky village of McCarthy, Alaska, last year led to new ways to communicate...
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Andy Aschwanden. Photo by Sean Tevebaugh, University of Alaska Fairbanks

UAF participating in new NSF institutes

Geophysical Institute
November 22, 2021
Two researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute will participate in a new five-year $75 million effort by the...
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Geologists inspect an outcrop near the sample collection site. Photo courtesy Gunther Kletetschka

UAF scientist reveals cause of lost magnetism at meteorite site

Geophysical Institute
November 19, 2021
A University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist has discovered a method for detecting and better defining meteorite impact sites that have long lost...
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The Sikuliaq, a 261-foot ice-capable research vessel operated by UAF, pauses in the Arctic Ocean in June 2021 during its fifth year of operation. A few months later, it traveled farther north than ever before — almost 500 miles beyond Point Barrow. Photo by Ethan Roth

GINA provides a guiding hand in Arctic Ocean research

Geophysical Institute
November 11, 2021
The research vessel Sikuliaq navigated among and around the chunks and slabs of Arctic sea ice above Alaska for several weeks on two voyages this...
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Rajan Itani. Photo by Daniel Walker

Student’s research upends understanding of upper atmospheric wind

Geophysical Institute
November 9, 2021
Space physicist Mark Conde had been seeing something curious in his atmospheric research data since the 1990s. But it was not until three years...
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This map shows Oct. 21, 2021, precipitation reports from volunteer observers across the Lower 48. Colors represent rainfall amounts, ranging from zero in empty circles to heaviest in red circles.    Image courtesy of www.cocorahs.org

UAF scientist seeks recruits for weather army

Geophysical Institute
October 22, 2021
The weather army in Alaska is recruiting more volunteers. About 200 Alaskans already participate in the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and...
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Melinda Webster carries a magnaprobe to measure the depth of melt ponds. Photo by Lianna Nixon

A year after MOSAiC: Arctic melt ponds hold climate clues for UAF scientist

Geophysical Institute
October 20, 2021
Melinda Webster splashed daily through the clear water of Arctic melt ponds to measure the depth of the water cradled in pockets dotting the...
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Arctic haze appears over northern Alaska in 2008 as photographed from a NASA aircraft. Photo by Jingqiu Mao

UAF joins national air quality research with Interior Alaska site

Geophysical Institute
October 7, 2021
A site near Delta Junction will be the Alaska research location in a $12 million multi-state project to determine the content of airborne...
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