GAC-MAC 2016 Conference

By Maite Agopian |

EarthScope is having a joint booth with IRIS between June 1-3, 2016 at the first-ever GAC-MAC meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. The conference will be held at the Yukon College, 500 College Dr, Whitehorse. EarthScope will be sharing information and outreach material about USArray installation and related research in the Yukon as well as research done on the Quebec-Maine Transect.

More information about the conference here.

Speaker Series

By Maite Agopian |

The EarthScope National Office officially announces the EarthScope Speaker Series for 2016-2017, supported by the National Science Foundation. EarthScope speakers are selected based on their outstanding research accomplishments involving EarthScope as well as their abilities to engage a variety of audiences. Each speaker presents science-based lectures on their own EarthScope-related project, and their talks include an introduction highlighting broader EarthScope objectives and accomplishments. The five exemplary speakers for this series include (left to right): Amanda Thomas (University of Oregon), Steve Semken (Arizona State University), Diane Moore (Earthquake Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey), William Hammond (Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology & Nevada Seismological Laboratory, University of Nevada Reno), and Maureen Long (Yale University) .

Colleges and universities are invited to apply for a Speaker visit for the 2016-2017 academic year before July 1st. Complete information about the EarthScope Speaker Series, including speaker biographies and an online application form, can be found on the Speaker Series pages.

School selections are made by the EarthScope National Office.

Math Day at UAF

By Maite Agopian |

EarthScope National Office E&O will participate to the 2016 Math Day, Thursday April 28 in Fairbanks Alaska. This event is organised by the The Alaska Space Grant Program in collaboration with the Fairbanks North Star Borough school district. The goal is to give local 6th graders some opportunity to see how math is applied in a variety of careers and fields.

The Alaska Space Grant Program (ASGP) is a consortium of public and private universities and non-profit organizations that sponsors a broad range of programs to enhance teaching, research, and educational outreach within aerospace and earth science, and other NASA related STEM disciplines throughout Alaska. Their mission is : To promote Earth and Space Science and technology and other NASA relevant teaching, research, and public service throughout Alaska, with special emphasis on culturally responsive programs to engage native, minority, and non-traditional communities.

EarthScope, IRIS and UNAVCO foster STEM in D.C.

By Maite Agopian |

Once again, the EarthScope National Office will be sharing a space with UNAVCO,  next to IRIS, at the upcoming USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. This festival is the largest science festival of its kind in the U.S., with over 1,000 STEM organizations from all over the country participating. Attendance is free during the whole weekend, and schools and homeschoolers get a “sneak peek” on Friday, April 15. This is a great opportunity for EarthScope to reach out to a large number of visitors of all ages and backgrounds, inspiring them through fun educational and hands-on activities. Making Earthscope science more easily accessible to the public, and increasing Earth Science literacy, are ongoing goals of our Education & Outreach program.

If you will be in the area, please stop by our booth to learn what EarthScope is doing!

Dates and Times:

Saturday, April 16, 10 am–6 pm

Sunday, April 17, 10 am–4 pm


Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C.

Booth #: UNAVCO/EarthScope #3535 and IRIS #3537

UAF science Potpourri 2016

By Maite Agopian |

Saturday, April 9 | Noon to 3 p.m.
Reichardt Bldg. on the UAF campus
Parking – Free, behind Reichardt and adjacent lots

Every year, the Chemistry Department in CNSM organizes a free science extravaganza for the entire community. It started out as a simple grassroots effort some 20 years ago, but has grown every year as more and more partners across campus join in and offer engaging activities for everyone. Now there are science shows, make-and-take-home activities, demos and lots of fun for all ages.

This year EarthScope National Office E&O is participating and sharing a table with AVO (Alaska Volcanology Observatory) next to the Alaska Earthquake Center! So many good collaborations are happening here!

You will find our table on the 2nd Floor, East Hallway, right-hand side


By Maite Agopian |

NSF recognizes the unique opportunity offered by the upcoming deployment of the EarthScope Transportable Array (TA) in Alaska to conduct an onshore-offshore seismic experiment along the Aleutian subduction zone. The TA will be fully deployed in Alaska in 2017, and is planned to operate for two years (subject to the availability of funding). This opportunity also takes advantage of NSF's investment in the Ocean Bottom Seismometer Instrument Pool (OBSIP), which includes instruments capable of deployment in shallow water. The timing is right for focus on the Aleutian Arc. READ MORE HERE:

If you are interested and would like to get involved, visit the signup page at the GeoPRISMS website:

Take our short inSights Survey

By Maite Agopian |

inSights Survey

The EarthScope National Office has created a survey in order to collect information in regards to learning and accessing our quarterly newsletter called "inSights."

Please consider taking this short-5 question survey to help us deliver a better issue of inSights! We greatly value your opinion!

Thank you,

EarthScope National Office Staff

Winter inSights

By Maite Agopian |

Enjoy the winter 2015-2016 issue of our newsletter inSights. In this issue you can read about the "Mackenzie Mountains Mystery" and how remote areas are equipped; how the AgES program has developed; advances in topographic data; improvements in radio networking; and EarthScope news.

Please read online or download the new issue here.

Our goal is to bring EarthScope science to the public through articles written by science writers. If you are interested in sharing your work, contact Elisabeth Nadin:

Visiting basketball team learns the science behind the magnitude 7.1 Iniskin Earthquake

By Maite Agopian |
Visiting basketball team learns the science behind the magnitude 7.1 Iniskin Earthquake
Carl Tape presented his wave visualization animation to the students.

Coming for an Earth science tour of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute right after a major earthquake hit your region is a rare and exceptional opportunity to connect with science. This is what happened on February 3 for the high school boys and girls basketball teams from Nicholaevsk, a small community on the western Kenai Peninsula less than 100 miles from the epicenter of the magnitude 7.1 Iniskin earthquake that hit 10 days earlier.  

A personal experience is a fantastic way to connect an audience to the science that previously might have been an abstract notion. All of the students had stories to tell.

At the Alaska Earthquake Center, they received an overview of seismic instruments. They got to test how Slinkies mimic the two types of seismic waves, P waves and S waves, and then were given an overview of what happened during the M = 7.1 earthquake. Through animations and maps that had just been developed, as well as explanations from experts, the students were able to see and better understand that the anomalously strong shaking that occurred in their town was due to amplification of ground motion in the Cook Inlet sedimentary basin.

At the Alaska Volcano Observatory, they learned about how volcanoes near their community are monitored using infrasound and highly precise GPS monuments. A hands-on experiment employed sand, an inflatable balloon, GPS stations represented by candies, and access to live data accessible via the UNAVCO website. This allowed them to better understand how movement can be monitored, how these data can be read and measured, why it is important, and, specifically, how much the town of Nickolaevsk “moved” as a result of the earthquake.

Coordinating visits such as these is one aspect of the Education and Outreach program of the EarthScope National Office, hosted at the UAF Geophysical Institute. This outreach effort reaches out to rural communities who host seismic instruments, inviting their basketball teams to visit the facilities at the GI as they travel through Fairbanks for their games. As EarthScope upgrades and installs more and more seismic stations in Alaska over the next three years, place-based education will continue to benefit from the scientific use of live data transmitted by the instruments in place.

The wave visualization can be watched here (full region) and here (zoom-in on Anchorage region).   Find more resources about this Earthquake here.

EarthScope Synthesis Workshop Proposals

By Maite Agopian |

The EarthScope National Office requests proposals to host EarthScope Synthesis Workshops, due Friday February 26, 2016.

Synthesis Workshops are envisioned to be small workshops of 10-15 people that are intended to help start successful working groups. The EarthScope National Office will be using the output of these workshops as part of its efforts to bring EarthScope science to the public, and we hope that the workshops themselves will lead to working groups that will follow up with additional research, papers, or their own proposals as appropriate.

As the end of the formal EarthScope program approaches, it is timely for the geosciences community to work towards synthesis of multiple types of data focused on a single region or topic. For example, data from USArray, PBO, and SAFOD activities could be linked with results from other disciplines. EarthScope science offers many opportunities for synthesis, both within and between disciplines. Over the next four years, the EarthScope National Office at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will support a series of roughly 10 EarthScope Synthesis Workshops, each of which will bring a small group of scientists together from multiple disciplines.

More information can be found at and the application form can be found at