News Releases

January 27, 2014
A new company will offer technology featuring volcano-tracking products developed by the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute. V-ADAPT Inc., which stands for Volcanic Ash Detection, Avoidance and Preparedness for Transportation, will offer online services geared toward the airline industry and others who need to detect and track volcanic activity.“We think we have a well-...
January 23, 2014
By Ned Rozell How big is the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting held in San Francisco every December? So big it’s like everyone from Barrow attending on Monday. The residents of Soldotna get Tuesday, Valdez Wednesday, Nome Thursday and Kotzebue Friday. More than 21,000 scientists walk through the Moscone Center during the week, along with others, like me, who are curious about what...
October 17, 2013
  By Ned Rozell   Leaning against her Thermarest pad in a helicopter coated with ice, Taryn Lopez imagined herself as the little girl rocking to sleep in her parent’s boat. Just before she drifted off on that early September night, the volcano researcher wondered if the climbing ropes would hold the Jet Ranger to the wind-pounded volcano on the spine of the Alaska Peninsula....
August 9, 2013
 The Alaska Volcano Observatory issued a Volcanic Activity Notice yesterday, indicating the Current Volcano Alert Level has changed to NORMAL for Pavlof Volcano: "Since June 26, 2013, no lava or ash emissions have occurred at Pavlof Volcano and the volcano has exhibited gradually declining levels of unrest. Seismicity is now at background levels and satellite images and web camera views...
May 15, 2013
Taryn Lopez received a GeoPRISMS Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue a project focused on three volcanoes on the Alaska Peninsula. Her project will use geochemical measurements of volcanic fluids and seismic data from three historically active volcanoes within the Katmai Volcanic Cluster. With this information, she hopes to determine the source and flux of volcanic gases, identify proportions of...
April 10, 2013
 Lester’s Forbidden Experiment. Screaming Gummy Bears. Blowtorch in a Beaker. The three are among a host of activities on the roster for the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ 20th annual Science Potpourri Saturday, April 13 from noon to 3 p.m. The College of Natural Science and Mathematics hosts the free event, which will be in the Reichardt Building on the UAF campus. 
“The enthusiasm at...
April 1, 2013
Twenty-five years of monitoring and studying Alaska’s volcanoes by the Alaska Volcano Observatory have improved global understanding of how volcanoes work and how to live safely with volcanic eruptions. Timely warnings from AVO throughout its 25-year history have helped reduce the impact of erupting volcanoes, protecting lives, property, and economic well-being. On April 1, the Alaska...
March 21, 2013
Annie Worden and Kristen Rahilly, graduate students in Volcanology at the Geophysical Institute, provided a rich, educational experience for a group of girls aged 8 to 11. 
On March 20, the girls visited the Volcano Monitoring Room, examined volcanic rock fragments, watched footage of an erupting Stromboli Volcano and learned about the Redoubt Volcano eruption of 1989 that served as the...
February 6, 2013
 The Alaska Volcano Observatory changed the Volcano Alert Level and the Aviation Color Code for Cleveland Volcano after evidence of a lava dome was discovered. Today, AVO issued a Volcanic Activity Notice that states "development of a lava dome in the summit crater indicates that sudden explosions of blocks and ash are possible with little or no warning. Ash clouds, if produced, could exceed...
January 17, 2013
 By Ned Rozell The White River Ash blasted from giant eruptions somewhere in today’s Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains, drifted as far away as Ireland and Germany, said experts who attended the December 2012 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, held in San Francisco. Ash from the White River eruptions, possibly from 15,638-foot Mount Churchill or at least close to it, left an...