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The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program or “HAARP” facility is gearing up for its busiest season since the University of Alaska Fairbanks acquired the Gakona-area atmospheric experimentation station from the Air Force.

A progress report on the nation’s newest polar research ship...

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The Research Vessel Sikuliaq was officially commissioned Saturday in a ceremony at the boats’s home port in Seward. As KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports, the commissioning marked the end of decades of efforts to design and build it; and the beginning of its mission to research the Earth’s rapidly changing and increasingly important polar regions.

Fairbanks, AK  - Scientists have long believed melting permafrost emits large amounts of carbon-rich greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide to the atmosphere resulting in a warming climate.  But a new study published online by the journal Nature indicates ancient lakes that formed after permafrost fin the Arctic first melted roughly ten thousand years ago may in fact have a net climate cooling effect over long time scales.  The the study also increases the total amount of carbon estimated in the frozen soils of the Far North by more than 50 percent.

UAF Taking Possession Of Ice-Capable Ship Sikuliaq

Jun 6, 2014 / University of Alaska Fairbanks

If all goes according to plan, the University of Alaska Fairbanks will take possession of the Research Vessel Sikuliaq today. As KUAC’s Emily Schwing reports, it’s the next step in getting the giant ice-capable ship north to Alaska. 

The $200 million, ice-capable ship is the first of its kind funded by the National Science Foundation in more than 30 years. At the opening of a special exhibit feature the ship, UAF School of Fisheries Dean Mike Castellini likened taking over the ship to getting a new car.  Something he hasn’t done in years.

Fairbanks, AK - A new exhibit opens at the University of Alaska Museum of the North over the weekend. The year-long installation is called "Arctic Odyssey: Voyages of the R/V Sikuliaq."  It offers a first-hand look the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ state-of-the-art new research vessel, slated to sail in Arctic waters next year.

Emily Schwing / KUAC

Fairbanks, AK - It will be a few months before butterflies flit through the air in Interior Alaska, but the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska Fairbanks was recently filled with them.  The museum is working to catalogue the second-largest collection of Arctic butterflies and moths in the world. It’s the largest private collection of its kind.  Eventually most of the specimens will be passed on to the Smithsonian.

Walrus Research Funding Came Through Just in Time

Oct 14, 2013

Fairbanks, AK - As federal scientists see their research suffer as a result of the government shutdown, at least one group at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is feeling thankful.  Last week, lead researcher Nicole Misarti announced a 1.7 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation for the most extensive research on Pacific Walrus to date.  She says the money was transferred two business days before the government shut down.  “Yeah, we got the money just in time,” says Misarti.

Emily Schwing / KUAC

Fairbanks, AK - Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will spend the next four years studying various aspects of Pacific walruses in the far north.  The 1.7 million dollar project is funded by the National Science Foundation.  Scientists will use thousands of samples housed at the University’s Museum of the North, as well as stories and interviews preserved in the University’s Rasmuson Library to answer questions about everything from the marine mammal genetics to changes in habitat over the last two-thousand years.

Fairbanks, AK - Scientists at the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) discussed new regional projections for snowfall in Alaska during a webinar presentation Tuesday. Climate change could significantly change the amount of snow that hits the ground and sticks throughout the state.