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2009-09-11 10:52:27

Much of circumpolar Arctic research focuses on the physical, direct changes resulting from climate warming such as sea ice retreat and temperature increases. "What's understudied is the living component of the Arctic and that includes humans," said Syndonia "Donie" Bret-Harte, associate professor of biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and co-author of a paper to be published September 11, 2009 in the journal Science. The paper reviews current knowledge on the ecological consequences...

2009-08-11 10:10:00

Staff from Poker Flat Research Range have traveled north to assist fire personnel in mapping the Crazy Mountain Complex fires with unmanned aircraft. The team is stationed at Mile 145 of the Steese Highway, between Circle and Central. They have been deploying the aircraft since Aug. 5.The mapping operation is using 40-pound Insitu ScanEagles equipped with infrared cameras. The aircraft have collected data that has allowed fire personnel to track the progression of fires and current hot spots....

2009-06-17 09:50:00

Two University of the Alaska Fairbanks researchers are among key contributors to a new national report that details visible effects of climate change in the United States and how today's choices stand to affect the future.The report, "Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States," is the first to focus on observed and projected climate change and its effects specifically in the United States. UAF scientists A. David McGuire and John Walsh were part of a consortium of experts from 13...

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2009-04-17 09:45:57

A newly released study by researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks offers evidence that in one breed of northern seabird, the size of males' feather crests may be more than simple ornamentation. Their study, published this month in of the Journal of Comparative Physiology B, shows that crest size may be a physical indicator of a male crested auklet's quality as a mate. Scientists have long noted that female auklets prefer males with larger crests. But until recently, they did not...

2008-07-16 12:01:29

By Indian Country Today, Oneida, N.Y. Jul. 16--SITKA, Alaska -- Most people know they need to eat healthier food and get more physical activity each day, but they don't know where to start. A community wellness advocate can help people make these healthy lifestyle changes. The award-winning CWA training program is recruiting for fall classes, and new students need to schedule an interview by Aug. 5 to reserve a spot in the program. The CWA training program is a cooperative effort...

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2008-06-04 09:42:53

High altitude balloon exceeds 18 vertical miles during flightThe Alaska Space Grant Program and the Arctic Amateur Radio Club formed the Balloon Experiment And Research Program"”or B.E.A.R. for short"”in December 2007. The program's aim was to launch a high altitude balloon equipped with two amateur radio signals and more from Poker Flat Research Range in the spring of 2008. On May 10, BEAR participants met to inflate and launch their first balloon. It flew as high as 95,327 feet...

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2006-09-13 16:50:00

What better way to engage students in science than to apply lessons learned from fieldwork? This is the philosophy of Alaska teachers participating in the Arctic Expedition for K-12 Teachers, a program organized by the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a handful of international agencies. For 33 days teachers from Alaska, Canada, France, Germany, Russia, Sweden and England will take atmospheric measurements, collect ice cores, install ice...

2005-10-28 13:45:00

From glaciers to caribou, rivers to roads, Arctic climate change is having a broad effect on almost every aspect of life in the North. That's the conclusion University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers and others outline in a paper to be published in the October 2005 issue of the journal "Climatic Change." The paper is a result of decades of research by dozens of scientists in multiple disciplines, said Larry Hinzman, a research professor with UAF's Water and Environmental Research Center and...

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2005-03-07 18:41:46

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A rocket launched to collect information on the aurora's appearance and movement flew for five minutes before crashing in the mountains north of Fairbanks. The 70-foot Black Brant XII rocket was launched Sunday from the Poker Flat Research Range. It should have flown for 40 minutes, said Greg Walker, the range manager. Walker said range staff searching by air and on ground with snowmobiles found the rocket based on its final global positioning system transmissions....