For 40 years, the UAF Geophysical Institute has been recognized as a leader in volcanology research in Alaska and beyond. Alaska is home to 52 active volcanoes, creating an unparalleled natural laboratory for research in volcanic processes and hazards. The Volcanology group brings together different research disciplines to better understand active volcanic processes, develop tools for monitoring, and train the next generation of researchers through graduate and undergraduate research and mentoring.

Our expertise includes seismology, infrasound, geodesy, petrology, geology, satellite remote sensing, gas geochemistry and aerosols. Volcanology facilities at the GI and UAF comprise geophysical networks, satellite receiving facilities, experimental petrology and the Advanced Instrumentation Lab in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

The GI is a partner agency in the Alaska Volcano Observatory. In cooperation with the USGS and the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, we track volcanic activity in Alaska, execute eruption response efforts and undertake long-term research projects to mitigate the impact of volcanic eruptions. We apply this real-world experience to research projects around the globe, and train the next generation of volcanologists through mentoring and research programs for undergraduate and graduate students.