Science for Alaska 2014: Illuminating the dark side of the moon with radar

February 3, 2014

SFALS 2014 posterRadar sensors are like eyes that see in the dark, but better.


Scientists can now illuminate the dark side of the moon or take a look at Venus’ landscape. The sensors can help a plane land in bad weather or watch glaciers crawl toward calving.


Franz Meyer, associate professor of remote sensing at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, will address the potential that radar is opening to science exploration at a talk Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Convention Center. His talk, “A World Without Night: The Endless Possibilities of Radar Remote Sensing,” is part of the Science For Alaska Lecture Series.


Meyer works in developing advanced radar processing techniques and their application to geophysical problems. He uses radar data to study coastal change, permafrost change, volcanoes, earthquakes and glaciers.


The Geophysical Institute has hosted the lecture series for 22 years. This year the Alaska Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research is also a sponsor. The lecture series will feature current research on aurora, remote sensing, noisy volcanoes, melting glaciers and the greening Arctic. Scientists presenting the lectures are on the forefront of their fields and will focus on projects relevant to Alaska. Lectures will continue on Tuesday evenings through Feb. 25.


All lectures are free. Following each lecture, audience members will have an opportunity to meet the scientists and ask questions.


Franz Meyer, 907-474-7767 or
Amy Hartley, GI public information officer, 907-474-5823 or


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