The Public Relations Office team promotes Geophysical Institute faculty, staff and student research activities through print, radio, television and online/social media. Public Relations staff write news releases, function as media liaisons, plan community events and lectures, help create announcements and more.

Aurora Forecast

  • Updated weekly
  • Short-term, one-hour forecast
  • NOAA POES satellite probable visible aurora model

GI Quarterly Newsletter

News Releases

  • Releases about scientific findings
  • Events
  • Geophysical Institute research

Alaska Science Forum

  • Free weekly column in cooperation with the UAF research community
  • Published since the late 1970s

Science for Alaska Lecture Series

  • Weekly lectures in January and February
  • Has been held annually since the early 1990s
  • Available on YouTube and for purchase on DVD


  • GI YouTube channel
  • Videos include the Science for Alaska Lecture Series and others

Visiting the Geophysical Institute

  • Tours of the Geophysical Institute and Poker Flat Research Range are offered weekly during the summer only.
  • To arrange custom tours for VIPs, school groups, aurora lectures, etc., contact Doreen Hayward.
  • For more information about tours, phone 907-474-7558 or

Conference Services

  • Conference planning services for GI faculty and staff

Other offices at the Geophysical Institute also serve the public.

GeoData Center

  • Map sales, including topo maps of Alaska: visit us in the Akasofu building at UAF's West Ridge, or call 907-474-6960
  • Aerial photography sales

Design Services

  • Poster printing
  • Web design
  • Graphic design
  • Business cards