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1.5 millimeters

amplitude of infragravity waves measured in sea ice using InSAR data


number of impact craters on Mercury with diameter over 10 kilometers identified using images from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft

20 meters/year

rate of movement of frozen debris lobes in Alaska's Brooks Range determined from InSAR techniques

Remote Sensing

The Earth and Planetary Remote Sensing group is involved with many diverse research interests. These range from geological and volcanological to planetary sciencesĀ and include topics such as sea and lake ice, volcanoes, Venusian structures with stereo-derived topography, ecology and much more.

We are fortunate to receive data in real time, such as Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) data, MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data, and RadarSat data at our receiving stations and through networks from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) stations.

The group has access to additional data and knowledge from other associated remote sensing groups at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Research Areas

  • Climatology
  • Cryospheric studies
  • Earth systems
  • Geological and biological studies
  • Hazards monitoring
  • Planetary studies