CReSIS unmanned aerial systems, radars have big impact on ice sheet research

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CReSIS unmanned aerial systems, radars have big impact on ice sheet research
Posted: June 16, 2014

Carl Leuschen External Non-U.S. government site didn’t stray far from his academic roots at the University of Kansas External Non-U.S. government site, but for a five-year stint at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory External Non-U.S. government site. The electrical engineer was eager to return to his alma mater after KU was selected in 2005 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) External U.S. government site to lead a new Science and Technology Center External U.S. government site dedicated to developing new technologies to study the Earth’s icy places.

“It seemed like an incredible opportunity. It seemed like the right thing to do: Come back and work with CReSIS and do this great stuff,” said, Leuschen, deputy director of CReSIS, for Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets External Non-U.S. government site, and an associate professor at KU.

CReSIS has done great stuff over the last decade. Its radar systems have been instrumental in recent research that has shown that glaciers in West Antarctica’s Amundsen Sea Embayment have reached a tipping point. Scientists funded by NSF and NASA reported in May that ice melt in the region is likely unstoppable, with the potential to raise sea level around a meter in the coming centuries.

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