Facilities

The Geophysical Institute houses numerous facilities where scientists and staff conduct important work in areas integral to Institute research foci. From the Alaska Satellite Facility, whose radar images allow all-weather study of sea ice, earthquakes, and volcanoes, to Poker Flat Research Range, the only university-owned rocket range in the world, Geophysical Institute facilities put our astounding science into action.

Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration

  • Developments in UAS
  • Pan Pacific UAS Test Range Complex
  • Search and rescue

Alaska Climate Research Center

  • Forecasts
  • Climographs and daily climate data
  • Seasonal weather data

Alaska Earthquake Center

  • Recent earthquakes
  • Earthquake preparedness
  • Seismicity reports

Alaska Satellite Facility

  • Synthetic Aperture Radar Distributed Active Archive Center (SAR DAAC)
  • Alaska Satellite Facility Enterprise
  • Satellite Tracking Ground Station
  • GeoData Center

Alaska Space Grant

  • Funding
  • Research
  • Education & public outreach

Alaska Volcano Observatory

  • Current volcanic activity information
  • Ashfall reports
  • Alaska volcano webcams

Chaparral Physics

  • Rugged and robust scientific instruments
  • Infrasound sensors
  • Devices in use from Antarctica from Alaska

College International Geophysical Observatory

  • Infrasound array
  • Seismometer
  • World-Wide Lightning Location Network
  • Magnetometer

GeoData Center & Map Office

  • Map Sales
  • Photo Sales
  • USGS Topographic Maps

Geographic Information Network of Alaska

  • Receive data from satellites
  • Turn geospatial data into products that help Alaskans
  • Partner with many institutions and agencies

High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP)

  • High-power, high-frequency transmitter for study of the ionosphere
  • Explore natural phenomena occurring in the Earth's ionosphere
  • Active experimentation in the ionosphere and upper atmosphere

Instrument Development Services

  • Custom fabrication
  • 3D Printing
  • Electronics

Mather Library

  • Book and document loans
  • Bibliographies
  • Special collections
  • Services
  • Hours and location

Petrology Lab

  • Pore Structure and Micro-FTIR Spectroscopic Analyses
  • Research
  • Publications

Poker Flat Research Range

  • Largest land-based rocket range in the world
  • Incorporates rocket and payload assembly
  • Contains telemetry stations for satellite and rocket communications

Research Computing Systems

  • Operates high-performance computational systems
  • Data storage
  • Web services

SuperDARN

  • Super Dual Auroral Network
  • Sites throughout Alaska
  • Real-time data

Geochronology Facility

  • Mass spectrometer dating
  • Analytical services including mineral separations, heating experiments, and laser total fusion experiments

Wilson Alaska Technical Center

  • Support for the National Technical Means
  • Global operations in all environments
  • Research, development, testing and evaluation
  • Seismoacoustic and geophysical expertise