Resource Development Research

Southeast

We are informing forest managers and mill operators on the extent of the decline of this commercially and culturally valuable species. This includes future risk assessment, regeneration potential, and opportunities for salvage logging.

Arctic, Interior, Southcentral, Southeast, Southwest

Our researchers at UAF are developing and supporting the Advanced Laboratory and Field Arrays for Marine Energy project to address critical needs for lowering the cost of river and ocean energy converters, and to advance hydrokinetic energy’s role in global renewable energy.

Southcentral

UA is providing definitive earthquake information to the public, emergency managers, scientists and engineers. This information is derived from a network of seismic monitoring stations that we operate across the state. Based on a mandate from the Alaska Legislature and the many stakeholders we support with data, products and outreach, UAF’s Alaska Earthquake Center ensures safe and economically sound construction, maintenance and long-term operation of Alaska infrastructure; on-site monitoring for major facilities (pipelines, mines, and military installations); and tsunami mapping, thus enabling evacuation planning in nearly every major Alaska coastal community.

Interior, Southwest

For the first time, UA is testing and providing specific and short-term forecast products for fire managers in Alaska. Methods used in the western US to evaluate lightning ignition risk are now being tested in Alaska. These products are essential to Alaska fire manager decisions regarding how and where to allocate resources, saving money and keeping Alaskans safe.

Arctic

UA is partnering with shipping companies to better understand strong wind events and develop forecast tools for industry. Marine transporters in Alaska and the North Pacific need tailored information about sailing conditions. UAF’s new products enable quicker “go/no-go” decisions, as well as monthly to seasonal outlooks for scheduling and routing.

Southwest

UA is partnering with shipping companies to better understand strong wind events and develop forecast tools for industry. Marine transporters in Alaska and the North Pacific need tailored information about sailing conditions. UAF’s new products enable quicker “go/no-go” decisions, as well as monthly to seasonal outlooks for scheduling and routing.

Arctic

Our university helps put in place and support many different partnerships to guide research and share research findings. Here, UAF helped support and evaluate a research partnership between North Slope communities and industry. This collaboration helped bring together North Slope experts and scientists to provide information in support of responsible oil and gas development in the Arctic.

Interior, Southeast

UA promotes safe and effective mine rescue operations by developing unmanned ground vehicles and aircraft systems for mine rescue operations and safety training to improve Alaska’s underground mining operations.

UA researchers are working with the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association to help the 229 federally recognized tribes in Alaska prepare for and respond to changing conditions through adaptation and outreach. We are using research to identify tribal climate science needs, support adaptation planning and link tribal needs. 

Arctic, Interior

Faced with energy costs four to 10 times the national average, rural Alaska community power grids are the focus of UAF work to develop kinetic energy storage systems. With high power density and a practically unlimited life cycle, these systems allow grids to meet demand with an ultimate reduction in diesel fuel consumption.

Arctic, Interior, Southcentral, Southeast, Southwest

UA is forecasting and assessing the nature and scope of climate change impacts on the Alaska economy into the next 30–50 years. We’re tackling these tough questions: What is known and unknown about the economic effects of Alaska’s changing climate? What additional research, data collection and information gathering are necessary to fill these information gaps?