Glaciology and Remote Sensing Laboratory

Time-lapse cameras installed adjacent to Rink Isbrae, West Greenland

The Glaciology and Remote Sensing Group has field equipment and a computer lab for collecting, processing, and analyzing large observational and remote sensing datasets. All equipment is managed and maintained by Dr Stearns. The computer lab consists of Dell and MacOSX workstations, with high-resolution monitors, and four 8-TB disk arrays. The remote sensing lab has a full range of open source software, as well as licenses for image processing (Arc; ENVI; Erdas IMAGINE; Silcast), GPS data processing, and algorithm development (Matlab; Fortran) for computer modeling.

Preparing the KU GPS receivers for deployment in West GreenlandDr Stearns's lab is well-equipped to conduct fieldwork in remote locations. An extensive collection of field equipment includes eight Trimble dual-frequency GPS receivers, optical surveying equipment, various drills for augering and coring, a Sutron automatic weather station, time-lapse cameras and tide gauges. Safety equipment for deep field deployments (tents, ropes, harnesses, etc.) is also available.

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Upcoming Colloquium


2/25/21: Dr. Katherine Ryker, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina

3/25/21: Dr. Jonathan Payne, Professor, Geological Science, Stanford University, Stanford, California.

4/8/21: Dr. Peter Burgess, Professor of Sedimentary Geology and Head of Earth Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

4/29/21: Dr. Hildegard Westphal, Professor, Geoecology & Carbonate Sedimentology and Director of the Center for Marine Environmental Science, Bremen University, Bremen, Germany.

Geology Scholarship

The 2021-2022 Academic-Year Undergraduate Scholarship Award Application is now online.
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