<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> IEEE-GRSS Distinguished Lecture Series :: Spring 2007
IEEE-GRSS Lecture STELLA Training Dr. Robert Bindschadler NASA GSFC
2:30pm March 20, 2007 :: 229 Dixon Hall :: Elizabeth City State University
IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) Meeting And IEEE-GRSS Distinguished Lecture Series

The Spring 2007 IEEE-GRSS Distinguished Lecture Series was held in the Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research (CERSER) on Tuesday March 20, 2007.
  Dr. Robert Bindschadler, Chief Scientist of the NASA's Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center presented "Understanding the West Antarctic Ice Sheet from Space: Beyond Dogsleds and Frozen Toes."

The Lectures Series was preceded by a meeting of the Northeastern North Carolina Chapter of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS). Dr. Linda Hayden, Assistant Dean of the School of Mathematics, Science and Technology and President of the NE NC Chapter of IEEE-GRSS greeted the guests.

Understanding the West Antarctic Ice Sheet from Space: Beyond Dogsleds and Frozen Toes

The West Antarctic ice sheet continues to be a climatic wild card in scientists' attempts to predict the future of the planet. The mystery rests as much on what we do know about ice sheets as what we don't know. The West Antarctic ice sheet rests on a bed below sea level where ice-free periods have layered a bed of thick marine ooze. Ice can, and does, slide rapidly on this slippery material. All other ice sheets of this type have slid back into the ocean, raising sea level over 100 meters. Will the West Antarctic ice sheet be the last to go? If it happens as rapidly as its icy kin disappeared, a potential 5-meter increase in sea level around the globe could occur fast enough to cause widespread economic and ecological damage. Others have argued that the West Antarctic ice sheet is uniquely stable pointing to its persistence in our warm climate.

The study of the peculiar case of West Antarctica has been full of fascinating discoveries. These have come through a combination of wearying field work in a hostile environment, intense scrutiny from a vast stable of satellite sensors and complex numerical models. Remote sensing data are used for everything from making better maps of field areas, to quantifying surface elevations and velocities. Detailed imagery also allows us to detect surface features that record past flow directions. Twenty-five years of concentrated research have revealed a multifaceted dynamic system that responds to what falls on it, what it rests on and what it must push against. The ice sheet is changing constantly and is a collage of different basins all behaving with a high degree of independence. But what of its future?


Dr. R. Bindschadler-IEEE-GRSS Spring 2007Sponsored by
Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research and NSF Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets

cerserThe Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) Center for Remote Sensing Education and Research (CERSER) is partnering with several other institutions sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of a Science and Technology Center (STC) with the University of Kansas. This partnership is intended to develop models and technology to arrive at a better understanding of the mass balance of polar ice sheets. The Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) studies how this mass balance affects the rising sea level that glaciologists have observed.

Dr. Linda B. Hayden, Director of The Center for Remote Sensing Education and Research (CERSER), is leading ECSU's efforts in this partnership with Dr. Prasad Gogineni, the Director of the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS). The CERSER Lab is focused on developing innovative and relevant research collaborations concentrating on coastal, ocean, and marine research. The CERSER Lab utilizes a TeraScan® High Resolution Picture Transmission (HRPT) System which includes a Polar Orbiting Tracking 1.5m Antenna, Global Positioning System (GPS) Antenna/Receiver, Telemetry Receiver, and the TeraScan® software suite.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports basic research and education across all disciplines of science and engineering. The goals of the STC program incorporate developing a helpful means for lasting scientific and technological research and education. The STC program supports proposals it considers as important investigation at where research disciplines intersect.

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