Arctic Research in the National Interest

There will be a webcast of this event

Event Co-sponsors

Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks

The United States possesses a wide array of Arctic research facilities operated by the federal government and research institutions. One of the most unique facilities is the High-frequency Active Aurora Research Program (HAARP), owned and operated by the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

As one of four such facilities in the world (and one of two in the United States), HAARP’s ability to transmit high power, high frequency (HF) radio waves allows scientists to “reach up and touch” the ionosphere, an atmospheric region that can severely impact communications and navigation systems. HAARP effectively turns the Ionosphere into a laboratory. These facilities can be used for multiple strategic applications from global HF communication, submarine communication, over-the-horizon radar, and radiation belt interactions. As the demand grows for reliable HF communications for emergency management and disaster relief, our understanding of the Ionosphere and how it functions becomes ever so more important.

Please join a distinguished panel of researchers as they discuss the scientific and strategic importance of these facilities and the prospects of sustaining them long-term.



  • Robert McCoy

    Director, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Michael Sfraga

    Director, Global Sustainability and Resilience Program and Director, Polar Institute


  • Paul Bernhardt

    Physicist, Plasma Physics Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Office of Naval Research
  • Matthew Heavner

    Data Science Program Manager, Global Security, Intelligence, and Emerging Threats, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • David Hysell

    Chairperson, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, College of Engineering, Cornell University
  • Evgeny Mishin

    Senior Research Physicist, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory