Two young men work on a NASA/KU aircraft in an anechoic chamber

Understanding Ice Sheets and more

The research that CReSIS does is critical to collecting much needed data relative to ice sheets and the rapid changes they are undergoing. Our data is essential to understanding the processes that are causing rapid changes on earth, to the development of improved ice sheet models to simulate how ice sheets will respond to a warming climate, and to predicting what is contributing to sea-level rise. We work with sophisticated sensors, antenna and radar systems, field programs, aircraft, satellites, maps and more to conduct our research across a variety of applications.

CReSIS in the field

Our team of scientists, students, and engineers travel to remote work sites in collaboration with NASA, the NSF, and other partners.
Laurence Smith, chair of geography at University of California, Los Angeles, deploys an autonomous drift boat equipped with several sensors in a meltwater river on the surface of the Greenland ice sheet on July 19, 2015. Credit: NASA

CReSIS Platforms

Working with manned and unmanned aircraft, CReSIS researchers work with international collaborators and industry partners to collect data in greater volume and detail - and reduce the risks that come with studying the Arctic.
Mt. Dana and Dana Plateau in the Tuolumne River Basin within Yosemite National Park, Calif., as seen out the window of a Twin Otter aircraft carrying NASA Airborne Snow Observatory on April 3, 2013. Credit: NASA/JPL Caltech
CReSIS NASA Basler team is currently at work on test flights in Oshkosh, Antarctica with

Research Groups

CReSIS research groups are breaking new ground in engineering and technology.

CReSIS Research Groups