The Geophysical Detection of Nuclear Proliferation (GDNP) University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) was established through Wilson Alaska Technical Center (WATC) to detect, locate, characterize, and assess the threat potential of nuclear activities worldwide through research, development, testing, and evaluation of scientific and technological capabilities.
The GDNP UARC was created to recognize the accomplishments and growing stature of nuclear treaty monitoring support programs at the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Establishment of the UARC provides the necessary structure, visibility and support to better serve our customers in nuclear treaty verification across the spectrum, from basic research to operations and maintenance. The UARC status also enables any US Government agency to quickly issue a sole-source contract (task order) that falls under its core mission of the geophysical detection of nuclear proliferation. The Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks was a natural choice to house the GDNP UARC owing to its long history of supporting the national technical means. Visit WATC for further information.