The mechanism of how washboards form on gravel roads was a mystery until sixty years ago, solved by an Australian scientist just before he became director of the UAF Geophysical Institute.
The Arctic Report Card—a compilation of northern science by researchers from all over the planet, most of them doing work in Alaska—came out in mid-December at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in Chicago.
A few Alaska researchers are working to create insulation made from biological materials that removes carbon from the atmosphere.
Hurricane Ian slashed through Florida’s Gulf Coast, one week after remnants of Typhoon Merbok battered a wider swath of Western Alaska.
“These salmon literally bring back tons of fertilizer to these systems,” says UAF aquatic ecologist Mark Wipfli.
Clear as gin, brown as iced tea, or tinted aquamarine by glacial dust, Alaska’s freshwater supply is so abundant the numbers are hard to comprehend.
Checking in with an active Arctic community: musk oxen, lynx, and trees are on the move.
Recalling the three-man US Army expedition that put Interior Alaska on the map, literally.
A crust of ice is aggravating for moose, lethal for their calves, inconvenient for smaller mammals, yet a boon to wolves. Interior Alaska may have to get used to it.
A Juneau researcher presented findings to the American Geophysical Union fall meeting of microplastic particles collected in rain samples, likely blown in from the ocean.