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Hajo Eicken

Professor of Geophysics

Phone: 907.474.7280
Fax: 907.474.7290
Office: 104 WRRB

My main research interests are in the field of sea-ice geophysics. In particular, I am interested in how small-scale properties and (micro)structure of sea ice impact processes on a larger scale as well as the role of sea ice in the climate system. As part of the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2009 I am part of an international group that is studying the seasonal Arctic ice zone through an observing network (SIZONet). You can learn more about this project by visiting the SIZONet site or one of the following web pages: Arctic Observing Network Data site, Alaska Ocean Observing System, Barrow Sea Ice Observatory.

One of the main interests of our group here at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is to study in more depth the multiple uses of sea ice as well as its important role in coastal environments. This work ties in with a broader range of activities at the University of Alaska that aim to examine how we as scientists can improve access to the vast amount of data collected during the IPY and beyond in order to help different users of the sea ice (local communities, indigenous populations, industry, government and others) make better planning decisions.

In a rapidly changing Arctic, where sea ice plays an important role not just in the physical environment but also in the context of ecosystems, geopolitics, indigenous knowledge and use as well as economic development, it takes communication and collaboration between different disciplines and interest groups to help us address the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities that come with change in a responsible and sustainable fashion. I invite you to visit the web pages describing the sea ice research, look at publications by our group or visit the UA IPY North by 2020 Forum's web site. If you are a student interested in working on these topics, please get in touch, visit the Department of Geology and Geophysics' web pages or have a look at the Resilience and Adaptation Program (RAP) here at UAF which provides opportunities for research and education on these issues in a broader, interdisciplinary context.


  • Glaciers, volcanoes and earthquakes (GEOS 120, every other semester)
  • Sea-ice geophysics (GEOS 615, fall semester every other year)
  • Digital image processing in the geosciences (GEOS 622, fall semester)
  • Transport processes and properties of rocks, with Daniel Pringle and John Eichelberger(GEOS 692, Fall 2006)
  • Field techniques in interdisciplinary sea-ice research (GEOS/MSL 692, Spring 2013)
  • Planning for Arctic Futures: Alaska Energy Scenarios (GEOS/POL 695, Summer 2012)


  • Remote sensing of the Cryosphere (GEOS 494/694, spring)