Geophysical Institute holding summer tours

FAIRBANKS, Alaska Whether it is happening at the Earth’s core or the sun’s core, The Geophysical Institute on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus probably has information about it.

Completion of the building came in 1951, giving the Institute nearly 70 years of data and discoveries under its roof.

The G.I. as it’s known, hosts a tour of the facility every Wednesday, led by graduate students at the University.

The tour goes over the different subjects they study such as the Aurora, sea ice, and drones, as well as safety information regarding volcanoes and earthquakes.

"The volcano observatory and the earthquake center are the two that most readily pop into my mind when you talk about public safety." said Emilie Sinkler, who led the tour this Wednesday. "They are monitoring volcanoes and earthquakes across the state and working on early warning systems."

The Institute attracts all walks of life, from tourists to general public, to students like Sam Altenberger, whose favorite stop was the checking out the drones.

"Looking at the unmanned aerial aircraft was really neat to see because that is one thing that is growing very rapidly," Altenberger said. "With developing technologies and with the consumer market with them developing these aircraft, they can use them for scientific applications and use them for imaging in ways that you couldn’t have access before with traditional aircraft."

The Institute also has self-guided tours open during business hours, for all residents to come see the new discoveries being made by the Geophysical Institute.