Dr. Meyer, Associate Professor of Radar Remote Sensing, has joined the Geophysical Institute in 2008. Dr. Meyer’s primary research interests are in the development of advanced SAR and interferometric SAR (InSAR) processing techniques and their application to geophysical problems.
Research activities include both technology and science-oriented projects: The primary goal of his technology-related research is to optimize how radar remote sensing data can inform geoscience applications of dynamic earth environments. In particular he is working on the development of improved InSAR time-series analysis techniques for measuring millimeter-scale surface deformation signals, such as those caused by volcanism, tectonics, or permafrost change. To improve the performance of these techniques, he recently focused on the modeling and correction of tropospheric and ionospheric error signals in spaceborne SAR data. He also has developed methods for SAR data calibration and has worked on the mitigation of radio frequency interference signatures from SAR observations.
Dr. Meyer’s main science interest is the application of InSAR techniques towards a better understanding of volcanic systems in Alaska. Here, he is working on inferring magma motion from InSAR-based observations of surface deformation patterns. He also uses SAR and InSAR data to study tectonic deformation, near-shore sea ice properties, and tropospheric and ionospheric turbulence patterns.
Dr. Meyer is currently holding several leadership positions in internationally recognized professional organizations. He is Chair of the “ IEEE Alaska Section Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Chapter” and is co-chairing the “ISPRS Commission I/Working Group II on SAR and LIDAR Systems” as well as the “International Association of Geodesy (IAG) Study Group IC-SG3: Configuration Analysis of Earth Oriented Space Techniques”. He is the author of more than 80 scientific publications, three being acknowledged as “Best Papers ”. He is the winner of the IEEE GRS-S Gold Early Career Award 2011.
- Development of Advanced SAR, InSAR, InSAR Time Series Analysis, and PolInSAR Data Processing Techniques
- SAR-based monitoring of volcanoes, earthquakes, and ice
- Microwave interactions with the atmosphere and ionosphere
- Radar Remote Sensing Data Calibration
Awards and Honors:
-  IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society GOLD Early Career Award 2011: The GRS-S GOLD Early Career Award promotes, recognizes and supports young scientists and engineers within the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society that have demonstrated outstanding ability and promise for significant contributions in the future.
-  IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Symposium Prize Paper Award 2008 for the paper: F. Meyer, J. Nicoll (2008): The Impact of the Ionosphere on Interferometric SAR Processing, Proceedings of IGARSS'08 Conference, 2008, Boston, vol. 2, pp. 391–394, invited publication.
-  Best Paper Award of ISPRS Commission 7 Symposium 2006 for the paper: Weihing, D., Hinz, S., Meyer, F., Laika, A., Bamler, R. (2006): Detection of Along-Track Ground Moving Targets in High Resolution Spaceborne SAR Images, Proc. of ISPRS Comm. 7 Symposium, Enschede, The Netherlands, 2006. International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Vol. 36-7.
-  Best Paper Award of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Object Tracking and Classification Beyond the Visible Spectrum (OTCBVS) for the paper: S. Hinz, F. Meyer, A. Laika, R. Bamler (2005): Spaceborne Traffic Monitoring with Dual Channel Synthetic Aperture Radar – Theory and Experiments, Proceedings of CVPR'05 Conference, 2005, San Diego, USA, pp. 57-65.
- Professional Societies:
- Member of the German Society for Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, and Geoinformation (DGPF)
- Member of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society
- Member of the American Geophysical Union
- Working Groups:
- Chair, IEEE Alaska Section Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Chapter
- Co-Chair, ISPRS Commission I/Working Group II on SAR and LIDAR Systems
- Co-Chair, International Association of Geodesy (IAG) Study Group IC-SG3: Configuration Analysis of Earth Oriented Space Techniques
- Science Team Memberships:
- Science team member of the TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X spaceborne radar remote sensing missions
- [2012 – Present] Associate Professor at UAF
- [2008 – 2011] Assistant Professor at UAF
- [2007 – 2008] Senior Data Quality Engineer, Alaska Satellite Facility
- [2003 – 2007] Senior Scientist, German Aerospace Center
- M.G. Sliwinski, K.J. Spaleta, F.J. Meyer, E.H. Hutton, R.J. Newberry, T.P. Trainor, K.P. Severin, M.T. Whalen (2012): Making Low Concentration in-house Pressed Briquette Trace Element Standards for Carbonate Rock Analyses by WD-XRF, Chemical Geology, 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2011.12.027.
- F. Meyer (2011): Performance Requirements for Ionospheric Correction of Low-Frequency SAR Data, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 49(10), pp. 3694-3702, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2011.2146786.
- F.J. Meyer, A.R. Mahoney, H. Eicken, C.L. Denny, H.C. Druckenmiller, S. Hendricks (2011): Mapping Arctic Landfast Ice Extent Using L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry, Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 115(12), pp. 3029-3043.
- H. Eicken, J. Jones, M.V. Rohith, C. Kambhamettu, F. Meyer, A. Mahoney (2011): Environmental security in Arctic ice-covered seas: From strategy to tactics of hazard identification and emergency response, Journal of the Marine Technological Society, vol. 45(3), pp. 37-48.
- D.K. Atwood, F. Meyer, A. Arendt (2010): Using L-band SAR Coherence to Delineate Glacier Extent, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, vol. 36, Suppl. 1, pp. S186 – S195, 2010.
- F. Meyer, J. Nicoll (2008): Prediction, Detection and Correction of Faraday Rotation in Full-Polarimetric L-Band SAR Data, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 46(10), part 2, pp. 3076-3086.
- F. Meyer, J. Nicoll (2008): The Impact of the Ionosphere on Interferometric SAR Processing, Proceedings of IGARSS'08 Conference, 2008, Boston, vol. 2, pp. 391–394, invited publication, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Symposium Prize Paper Award 2008.
- R. Bamler, F. Meyer, W. Liebhardt (2007): Processing of Bistatic SAR Data From Quasi-Stationary Configurations, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 45, no. 11, pp. 3350-3358.
- F. Meyer (2007): Topography and Displacement of Polar Glaciers from Multi-Temporal SAR Interferograms, Polar Record, vol. 43(227), pp. 331-343.
- S. Hinz, F. Meyer, M. Eineder and R. Bamler (2007): Traffic Monitoring with Spaceborne SAR - Theory, Simulations, and Experiments, Computer Vision and Image Understanding 106: 231–244.
- F. Meyer, S. Hinz, R. Müller, G. Palubinskas, C. Laux and H. Runge (2007): Towards Traffic Monitoring with TerraSAR-X, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing 33(1): 39-51.
- F. Meyer, S. Hinz, A. Laika, D. Weihing, R. Bamler (2006): Performance Analysis of the TerraSAR-X Traffic Monitoring Concept, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, vol 61, issue 3-4, pp. 225-242.
- F. Meyer, R. Bamler, N. Jakowski, T. Fritz (2006): The Potential of Low-Frequency SAR Systems for Mapping Ionospheric TEC Distributions, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 3(4), pp. 560 -564.