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Center for the Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) - https://www.cresis.ku.edu
CERSERThe determination of the growth or shrinkage of ice sheets has acquired special urgency because of recent observations of unexpected glacier retreat, ice shelf collapse, and change in ice stream velocities in Antarctica and a few outlet glaciers in Greenland. The rates at which the ice sheets acquire or lose volume are affected by daily and seasonal variations in snowfall, snow drift, temperature, and other weather and climate variables. In turn, accumulation and loss rates will affect the contribution of the ice sheets to sea level.

Because of the possible effects on coastal regions and populations of sea level rise, scientists are in need of tools and models that will help them measure and predict the response of ice sheets to climate change. This is a complex problem that demands the active collaboration of scientists and engineers to produce useful remote sensing and field observations, to find a satisfactory way of combining and interpreting them, and to develop new technologies, and models.

As a result, the National Science Foundation established the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) as a Science and Technology Center (STC) in 2005. The center combines the expertise of researchers from six universities and several businesses in order to study and conduct research that will result in the technology necessary to achieve a better understanding of the mass balance of the polar ice sheets and its contribution to global climate change.
Polar Grid - http://www.polargrid.org
PolarGridPolar Grid will deploy the Cyberinfrastructure which provides the polar community with a state-of-the-art computing facility to process the large volumes of data to be collected by CReSIS field operations and support large-scale ice-sheet models.

In past years, most of the data collected in the polar regions were not processed in real time. Instead, data were shipped to computing facilities in the continental US and analyzed well after collection. Real-time processing and data analysis are urgently needed, both in the field and at supporting computing centers, to adjust collection strategies in response to new information contained in the data.

The polar community must have access to a state-of-the-art computing facility to process the large volumes of data to be collected by the polar community in 2007-08 as a part of the International Polar Year (IPY) activities, and to support large-scale ice-sheet models.

The field program consist of coordinated satellite, airborne and in situ measurements. Satellite data acquisitions are being planned as a part of the Global Interagency IPY Polar Snapshot Year. In addition, surface-based observations including ice cores, seismics and fine-resolution radars are planned.

Initial CReSIS SAR data collection flights may produce in excess of 6 million complex samples per second per receiver channel. A single 5-hour flight mission could collect as much as one terabyte of raw SAR data. Polar Grid will transform the capabilities of polar researchers by enabling them to process and evaluate data as it is collected.
IEEE - Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society - http://nia.ecsu.edu/ieee/

IEEE-GRSSThe Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society seeks to advance geoscience and remote sensing science and technology through scientific, technical and educational activities. The Society strives to promote a high level of technical excellence among its members by exchange of information through conferences, meetings, workshops, publications, and through its committees to provide for the needs of its members.

The first meeting of the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the IEEE-GRSS was held on 13 November, 2003 in the Center of Excellence for Remote Sensing Education and Research (CERSER) Lab. IEEE-GRSS has sponsored several lectures and workshops in CERSER's lab including the following:

Watershed Watch - http://nia.ecsu.edu/ww/ww.html
Watershed Watch LogoTwo-week Summer Research Institute
Alternating between the Merrimack Watershed in New Hampshire and the Pasquotank Watershed in North Carolina.
- 4 credit hours
Academic Year Seminars
Faculty mentoring during a student designed and conducted research project. Two-hour, weekly seminars connecting students on different campuses. - 2 credit hours/Semester
 
 
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