News Releases

September 20, 2012
By Ned Rozell  As the northern end of the globe nods away from the sun at fall equinox, the amount of sea ice floating on the northern oceans is now at the lowest amount ever detected by satellites, a period that goes back to 1979. This new sea-ice minimum follows an extremely cold Alaska winter that led to the formation of thick ice off the northern coast. In spring 2012, it looked...
September 14, 2012
 By Ned Rozell This summer, the Girls on Ice program visited an Alaska glacier for the first time. It probably won’t be the last, said organizer Joanna Young. “We talked about how the girls would be inspired, but we didn’t count on how much we would be inspired,” said Young, a graduate student in the College of Natural Science and Mathematics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks....
August 30, 2012
 by Ned Rozell It’s not often that glaciologists help with the recovery of long-lost human remains, but military officials recently enlisted Martin Truffer for that purpose. The University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute professor and graduate student Dave Podrasky came up with useful information on a Southcentral glacier that held plane wreckage and the remains of military...
August 17, 2012
 You have an opportunity to stand in the middle of the ice age. On August 18-19, 2012, the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory will offer public tours and educational activities at their permafrost tunnel located in Fox, Alaska. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. According to event coordinators, visitors to the site should wear practical...
August 10, 2012
 By Professor of Geophysics Regine Hock More than 260 glaciologists from around the world gathered at UAF 24-29 June for the annual symposium of the International Glaciological Society which was hosted by the Geophysical Institute. More than 80 oral presentations and almost 200 poster presentations were given on the symposiums' theme "Glaciers and ice sheets in a warming climate"....
August 8, 2012
 At the recent Federation of Earth Science Information Partners meeting, Vicky Wolf was awarded a mini-grant of $5,000 in the annual FUNding Friday competition held at the meeting. The grant was awarded for a poster proposing to generate metadata to community standards for the Austin Post Glacial Photography Collection held by the Geophysical Institute GeoData Center. Wolf proposed...
July 27, 2012
 In an article that highlights findings of geologic methane seepage in zones of Arctic permafrost thaw and receding glaciers, Geophysical Institute Research Assistant Professor Guido Grosse and colleagues share results that indicate a warmer future will release more methane, swelling the greenhouse gas budget. The article, led by Katey Walter of the Institute of Northern Engineering and co-...
July 24, 2012
Girls on Ice is a unique, free, wilderness science education program for high school girls. Each year two teams of nine teenage girls and three instructors spend 11 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers and the alpine landscape through scientific field studies with professional glaciologists, ecologists, artists, and mountaineers.The first ever Girls on Ice Alaska team will present...
July 20, 2012
 by Ned Rozell FOX, ALASKA — Bison have not thundered through this neighborhood for thousands of years. But there’s one now, Matthew Sturm said, as he pointed to a horn cemented in a cold, dark wall 30 feet beneath the boreal forest. “We’re standing in the middle of the ice age,” Sturm, an expert on snow, ice and other frozen things said from inside the famous Permafrost Tunnel,...
July 12, 2012
When a small team of glaciologists and mathematicians at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute developed the Parallel Ice Sheet Model in 2003, they had no idea that the software program would rise to international prominence. They created the model, commonly referred to as PISM, in an effort to better understand the physics of ice sheets, whose flow is difficult to observe...