Science & Environment

Science and environmental reporting on news and community topics. Science coverage is occasionally provided by community members.

Unalaska Students Aim To Make Waves At Tsunami Bowl

Feb 25, 2016

  Local students participating in the 2016 Tsunami Bowl left Wednesday for the annual competition in Seward.  The team this year consists of Amelia Napper, Taylor Holman, Dustin Ruckman, Bridget Nalam, and Brian Conwell. 

The Tsunami Bowl is Alaska’s version of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, a nationwide marine sciences competition. Unalaska has been attending since 2005. 

Suzi Golodoff

Twenty one adults and five kids, in nine parties, counted birds from daylight until dusk, by foot, by car and by kayak on December 27, 2015, as part of the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count effort.   We covered a combined 36 miles of territory within the Unalaska Island Count Circle.   Our count day weather was decent (having postponed while a gale whipped through) with temperatures at 39F, light southerly winds and rain holding off until afternoon.  Lakes, rivers and ponds were mostly unfrozen.

Cleaning Up Contaminated Tribal Lands

Nov 18, 2015
Greta Mart / KUCB

Out of over 7400 contaminated sites around Alaska, a hundred are in Unalaska and Dutch Harbor. That's among the highest concentration of contaminated sites in the state, besides Adak.

Entangled Whale sighted in Unalaska Bay

Oct 27, 2015
Melissa Good / Marine Advisory Program

Attention mariners: Please keep a sharp lookout for an entangled humpback whale last seen in Unalaska Bay. Do not approach closely or attempt to free it. If you sight this animal or any marine mammal in distress, maintain 100 yards distance and please call the NOAA Fisheries' 24/7 response Hotline at  877- 925-7773. If unable to call, please radio the U.S. Coast Guard on VHF CH. 16 and they will relay the report.

The Weatherman At The End Of The Western World

Oct 21, 2015
John Ryan / KUCB

William Wells lives and works at what may be the nation's most remote weather station. It's 300 miles off the west coast of Alaska (and 500 miles off the east coast of Siberia) in the Bering Sea. Even by St. Paul Island standards, his station is remote: it's off by itself, a few miles away from the village of 400 700 people who call St. Paul home.

Each afternoon, he walks from his office into a two-story-tall garage to fill up a six-foot-wide balloon with hydrogen gas.