- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks has won a grant for a four-year permafrost education outreach project using its underground permafrost tunnel.

UAF officials say the $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation will go to a project called “Hot Times in Cold Places: The Hidden World of Permafrost.”

According to officials, the project will build on decades of previous climate-related education and outreach work at the tunnel, with exhibits and programs upgraded there.

The tunnel is operated in Fox by the Army’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory.

Also, an exhibit will be created and shared with museums, beginning in Portland, Oregon, at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

Officials say an OSMI employee is a co-investigator in the project.

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