Did you know that the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute has partnered with the United States Department of Defense to provide global nuclear monitoring and detection support?

The Geophysical Detection of Nuclear Proliferation project is housed within the University Affiliated Research Center established by DOD to detect, locate, characterize and assess the threat potential of nuclear activities worldwide. The creation of the GDNP UARC recognizes the accomplishments and growing stature of nuclear treaty monitoring support programs and seismology expertise at the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. 

The UAF Geophysical Institute was a natural choice to house the UARC due to its long history of supporting the nation’s Arctic research needs and its unique studies of Arctic seismology. Under this contract, UARC provides the necessary structure, visibility and support to better serve customers in nuclear treaty verification across the spectrum, from basic research to operations and maintenance. 

This partnership supports Department of Defense workforce development and training across the geophysical spectrum, through the college of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the college of Engineering and Mines at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.