ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks now includes a facility for analyzing data beamed down from satellites.
The $4 million facility--known as the International Arctic Research Center National Space Development Agency of Japan Information System-- is being financed mostly by Japan's space agency, according to a UAF press release.
The facility, which officially opened Monday, will monitor volcanic eruptions for aircraft safety, changes in sea ice, forest fires and other geophysical impacts.
Scientists say the Fairbanks facility is unique because it will allow them to study data collected by multiple satellites.
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