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Trumpet Curve Ice Sculpture

Ronnie Dannen and his wife Ina Timling are creating a ice sculpture of a trumpet curve as part of the World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, AK. Follow this link to track their progress via webcam.

The United States National Climate Assessment — Alaska Technical Regional Report now available

A new technical report for the Alaska region highlights results from the United States National Climate Assessment. GIPL members Vladimir Romanovsky, Guido Grosse, and Sergei Marchenko are contributing authors in this report, published as USGS Circular 1379.

Cover of USGS 1379

First issue of "Changing Ice" published: A newsletter of Cryosphere Research in Alaska

The first newsletter "Changing Ice" targeting Cryosphere research in Alaska has been published and features several research examples from the GI Permafrost Lab. With this newsletter projects and discoveries led by Alaskan Cryosphere scientists are highlighted with the hope to create a tool that allows efficient communication between scientists and stakeholders.

Leaking lakes featured in NASA Publication: Sensing our Planet

Work on thermokarst lakes by Guido Grosse and colleagues Katey Walter Anthony and Melanie Engram is being featured in NASA's annual outreach publication "Sensing our Planet", which highlights current NASA Earth Science Research. The article "Leaking Lakes" was published in November 2012 and can be found here.

New Report on Thawing Permafrost Released by UNEP

A new report on thawing permafrost "Policy Implications of Warming Permafrost" was just released with Vladimir Romanovsky as one of the contributing authors. Read the summary here or download the full report from the link below.

Permafrost thaw and receding glaciers enhance geologic methane seepage

A new article published in Nature Geoscience led by Dr. Katey Walter Anthony and co-authored by Dr. Guido Grosse from the GI Permafrost Lab highlights findings of geologic methane seepage in zones of Arctic permafrost thaw and receding glaciers. Results indicate that in a warmer future climate, deep geologic methane sources currently trapped under a Cryosphere cap may increasingly contribute to the greenhouse gas budget of the Earth's atmosphere as this cap is degrading.

Recent Paper on Sea-bed Permafrost North of Barrow, Alaska (Beaufort Sea) and Degradation

A recent paper, Dr. Vladimir Romanovsky is co-author, details seabed geoelectric field observations of ice-rich sea-bed permafrost and estimate of the degradation rate. Sea-bed permafrost like permafrost on land can hold substantial amounts of methane, a very potent greenhouse gas. Degradation of sea-bed permafrost on the shallow continental shelves of the coastal seas of the Arctic Ocean could 'ignite' a substantially positive feedback loop with the atmosphere-land-ocean systems in the Arctic with global impact. The paper is published in JGR - Earth Surface, v.

All good things come in threes: Third paper on permafrost and thermokarst dynamics highlighted by JGR Biogeosciences

A third paper resulting from our group's work on permafrost and thermokarst dynamics, funded by NASA Carbon Cycle Sciences and the NSF Arctic Program, was now selected as Editors' Highlight in Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences and as Research Spotlight in EOS.

Frontier Scientists - Permafrost Videos

Main Content Inline SmallFairbanks, Alaska,  January 31, 2012--- Permafrost is an underground phenomena but three new videos, with beautiful footage and photos, allow you to see permafrost with your own eyes. 

University of Alaska-Fairbanks scientists Vladimir Romanovsky, Sergey Marchenko, and Ronald Daanen describe permafrost in videos “It’s a Bore Hole”, “The Permafrost Tilted House” and“Permafrost Patterns”

Vista Data Vision software and web interface

Recently the Permafrost Laboratory has purchased a software package from Vista Engineering, Vista Data Vision.  This software will help us organize our data into a MySQL database while at the same time providing a web interface to view and interact with the data.  At first we will be adding only those sites with real-time data to the database but soon we hope to also have offline sites and archived historical data avaible.  You can access the Vista Data Vision web interface here


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