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Left to right, Athena project manager Helena Buurman of the Alaska Satellite Facility; Karen Diener, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency system engineering and technical assistant; and Nettie La Belle-Hamer, director of the Alaska Satellite Facility and UAF’s interim vice chancellor for research

Alaska Satellite Facility gains increased computing power that can save lives

Geophysical Institute
July 16, 2021
The addition of the high-performance computers marks a significant expansion of the Alaska Satellite Facility’s capabilities. “Addition of the...
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The Skydio X2 Enterprise is the model of unmanned aircraft system that will be used for operational flights in the Unalakleet program. Photo: Skydio

ACUASI training rural residents to fly unmanned craft to aid Coast Guard

Geophysical Institute
June 29, 2021
Residents of a remote Alaska coastal community will fly unmanned aircraft systems to support the Coast Guard’s oil spill response, fuel tank...
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The “Big Dog” antenna is housed in a dome atop the Akasofu Building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. The antenna is one of two that are used to receive VIIRS data from two polar-orbiting satellites. Photo: Todd Paris, University of Alaska Fairbanks

GINA group provides the big picture in wildfire season

Geophysical Institute
June 25, 2021
Fire season is underway in Alaska, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute is helping — as it does every year — in the...
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This illustration from the article shows the location of temperature sensors at the Dalton Highway research site. Drone photo by Soraya Kaiser; illustration distributed under Creative Commons 4.0 International

Research shows Alaska infrastructure at risk of earlier failure

Geophysical Institute
June 23, 2021
Roads, bridges, pipelines and other types of infrastructure in Alaska and elsewhere in the Arctic will deteriorate faster than expected due to a...
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This hemispheric view of Venus was created using more than a decade of radar investigations culminating in the 1990-1994 Magellan mission, and is centered on the planet's North Pole. Image: NASA/JPL/USGS

UAF professor on science team for new NASA mission to Venus

Geophysical Institute
June 2, 2021
NASA has approved two missions to Venus, and that means University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute research professor Robert Herrick is...
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The research team’s tents sit on the Greenland ice sheet in the film “Utuqaq.” Photo courtesy of Iva Radivojevic

Film shows Geophysical Institute research in harsh Greenland landscape

Geophysical Institute
May 28, 2021
This is the new short film “Utuqaq,” an experimental 27-minute documentary that explores a portion of the field research conducted by University...
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Kennicott Glacier in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Photo: David Rounce

Global study of glacier debris shows impact on melt rate

Geophysical Institute
May 19, 2021
A large-scale research project at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute has revealed insight into the relationship between...
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The NASA Black Brant XII rocket lifts off with the KiNET-X experiment at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Photo: NASA Wallops/Terry Zaperach

NASA launches rocket in search of aurora answers

Geophysical Institute
May 17, 2021
The experiment seeks to understand how a large mass of plasma such as the solar wind interacts at the particle level with, for example, the...
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HyLab’s hyperspectral system, or HySpex, consisting of cameras integrated with an inertial measurement unit, a GPS and an airborne data acquisition system, is shown in an Alaska Department of Fish and Game Bush Hawk aircraft. Photo: Geophysical Institute

Geophysical Institute's HyLab is ready for the minerals hunt

Geophysical Institute
May 7, 2021
Alaska contains minerals essential to the national defense, renewable energy and electronics industries. Finding those minerals, however, can be...
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