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UAF professor leads Arctic ecosystem science initiative


University of Alaska Fairbanks professor Vladimir Romanovsky has been named chief scientist for a U.S. Department of Energy initiative to study Arctic ecosystems. The Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments in the Arctic leadership team in May appointed Romanovsky to the role. Romanovsky is a professor of geophysics at the UAF Geophysical Institute.

Calling All Selawik Pilots and Hunters

Investigators Vladimir Romanovsky and Reginald Muskett at the GI Permafrost Laboratory are conducting a Satellite Reconnaissance Survey of the Selawick region. The composite image shows a possible ground-disturbance feature about 11 miles east of the Selawik Airfield. The feature itself is about 33 (inner diameter) to 130 (outer diameter) feet across. Ground truth is needed! Do you have any ground photos of this feature?

Whether Climate Change, The Northern Russia "Craters": The Romanovsky Hypothesis (2)

In another interview yesterday Dr. Romanovsky spoke more of climate processes regarding
the mysterous northern Russia "craters" and his hypothesis of their formation, such as
Climate Change over the recent 100 or less years. The full a ticle is at Vice News:

Northern Russia "Craters": The Romanovsky Hypothesis

Dr. Romanovshy, Professor of Geophysics at the Geophysical Institue, University of Alaska Fairbanks spoke to reporter Tanya Lewis at LiveScience, about the mysterous "craters" of Yamal and Northern Russia. Since their sightings many speculative mechanisms have been offered of their formaiion and why. Dr. Romanovsky gives a clear explanation of how and why such surface features can and are forming in permafrost regions.

Scientists Find More Gigantic Craters in Northern Russia: Could Shallow Gas Explosions From Thawing Permafrost Be The Cause?

A recent article in Daily Mail, 23 February 2015, has new details and information of the mysterious "craters" of Yamal and many more across northern Russia. Near one of new found craters local residents spoke of a "flash of light".

Live From AGU: Most of Alaska's Permafrost Could Thaw During This Century

This week, Dr. Santosh Panda and others of the GI Permafrost Lab presented findings on the current state and future of permafrost in Alaska. The science blog Livescience, has the story here: http://www.livescience.com/49184-permafrost-disappears-from-alaska.html

Permafrost Change versus Infrastructure: Permafrost Wins

Geophysical Institute Geophysics Professor Vladimir E. Romanovsky gave an interview to KNBA 90.3 FM and was broadcast on December 12 2014.

Permafrost Lab's Reginald Muskett at NISAR Workshop Oct. 2014

During 28-29 October 2014 at the USGS Headquarters in Reston Virginia, Reginald Muskett attended the NISAR Applications Workshop: Linking Mission Goals to Societal Benefit. The proposed satellite dual-band radar mission is a joint effort by NASA and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Currently NISAR is in early program development by NASA, ISRO, JPL, USGS, Dept. of Navy and DHS.

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