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Mount Redoubt, 108 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska, erupts on March 31, 2009. Photo credit by R. G. McGimsey, Alaska Volcano Observatory/U.S. Geological Survey

Study of Redoubt and other volcanoes improves unrest detection

Geophysical Institute
March 11, 2021
Volcanologists do what they can to provide the public enough warning about impending eruptions, but volcanoes are notoriously unpredictable...
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Laura Conner. Photo courtesy of the Geophysical Institute.

Laura Conner selected as science education Fulbright Specialist

Geophysical Institute
March 3, 2021
Laura Conner, a research associate professor of science education in the Geophysical Institute and the College of Natural Sciences and...
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The Alaska Earthquake Center and the University of Alaska Anchorage recently finished installing several new monitors in Southcentral Alaska. Photo by Yue Zhao, University of Alaska Anchorage

New ground-motion sensors will help Southcentral Alaska prepare for major earthquakes

Geophysical Institute
March 1, 2021
New strong-motion sensors installed recently in the Eagle River and Matanuska Valley regions will provide insight into the magnitude 5.3 quake on...
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The Bonanza Creek Experimental Forest near Fairbanks, Alaska, covers an area north of the Tanana River and south of the Parks Highway. Researchers took field measurements in the forest to test their new method of inferring permafrost thaw depth from such images. Image by Veronika Döpper

Scientists use forest color to gauge permafrost depth

Geophysical Institute
March 1, 2021
Scientists regularly use remote sensing drones and satellites to record how climate change affects permafrost thaw rates — methods that work well...
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A time-lapse photograph captures the Super Soaker launches on Jan. 25-26, 2018. Photo by Zayn Roohi courtesy of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and Poker Flat Research Range.

Rocket launches reveal water vapor effect in upper atmosphere

Geophysical Institute
February 26, 2021
Results of a 2018 multirocket launch at Poker Flat Research Range north of Fairbanks will help scientists better understand the impact of more...
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UAF announces 2021 Science for Alaska Lecture Series lineup

January 29, 2021
The University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute will host a series of free virtual public talks on topics that include measuring the...
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Catherine Cahill

UAF’s Cahill appointed to FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee

Geophysical Institute
January 8, 2021
The Federal Aviation Administration has named University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist Catherine Cahill as one of 12 new members of its Drone...
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The Islands of Four Mountains lie near the center of the Aleutian Islands’ arc. This map also shows the position and approximate areas of known calderas along the arc. Graphic courtesy John Power, USGS.

Cluster of Alaska islands could be single giant volcano

Geophysical Institute
December 3, 2020
A small group of volcanic islands in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands might be part of a single, undiscovered giant volcano, say scientists presenting...
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House fires caused by ruptured gas lines in Kenai following the 2016 magnitude 7.1 Iniskin earthquake. Photo courtesy Kenai Fire Department.

Alaska Earthquake Center receives USGS funding

Geophysical Institute
November 23, 2020
The U.S. Geological Survey recently awarded the Alaska Earthquake Center a $2.85M one-year award to operate and strengthen Alaska’s earthquake...
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