About CReSIS

A plane carrying CReSIS equipment. Courtesy of Aaron Paden

CReSIS Mission

The Center for Remote Sensing and Integrated Systems (CReSIS) was established as a National Science Foundation – Science and Technology Center (NSF-STC) in 2005 with the mission of developing new technologies to measure the characteristics of the major ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica; and integrate these data products into computer models to predict their response can contribution to sea level rise to a changing climate. The center builds on a long history of remote sensing at KU dating back to the early 1960’s and airborne remote sensing of ice sheets back to the early 1990’s. Today and looking forward, CReSIS focuses on developing technologies for capturing and managing large quantities of data through aerial systems. We continue to create and refine radars, antennas, sounders and other systems capable of surveying large areas from both large and small aircrafts. Our scientists and engineers respond to problems of global significance, supporting the intense, sustained, collaborative work that is required to achieve progress in these areas. CReSIS provides students and faculty with opportunities to pursue exciting research in a variety of disciplines; to collaborate with world-class scientists and engineers in the US and abroad; and to make meaningful contributions to the ongoing, urgent work of addressing the impact of climate change and other global issues.


The Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) is a Science and Technology Center established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2005, with the mission of developing new technologies and computer models to measure and predict the response of sea level change to the mass balance of ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica.

A glacier courtesy of NASA

A letter from CReSIS Director Carl Leuschen

Our director Carl Leuschen shares his thoughts about the future of CReSIS and introduces our new name.
Carl Leuschen and Emily Arnold hold up a KU flag before the South Pole Station sign


Keep up with the latest awards, research, and news from CReSIS

CReSIS base camp in Alaska. Courtesy Jeff Lemery