The Climate Change group focuses on polar remote sensing and geophysics; glaciology; Arctic glacier history; and paleoclimatology.
We are a group of faculty and researchers within the Department of Geology. Our primary strength lies in Arctic climate and glacier change, and we also cover a broad array of topics in climate change.
Jason Briner – Quaternary and glacial geology, paleoclimatology, arctic environmental change
Beata Csatho – Ice sheet mass balance and dynamics, remote sensing of the cryosphere, laser altimetry (LiDAR sensing), geologic controls on ice flow, data fusion.
Kristin Poinar - Glaciology, ice-sheet modeling
Elizabeth Thomas– Stable isotope and organic geochemsitry, paleoclimatology
Anton Schenk – Geospatial information processing, digital photogrammetry, laser altimetry including error theory, computer vision
Marcus Bursik – Climate-Volcano interactions
Mary Alice Coffroth – Coral ecosystems and climate change
Howard Lasker – Coral ecosystems and climate change
Chris Lowry – Surface water-groundwater interaction
Charles Mitchell – Paleozoic glaciation and extinction
Research in our group is highly collaborative; students often gain breadth in both paleo and contemporary climate and glacier change. We maintain research labs in remote sensing; lake sediment core processing; cosmogenic nuclide geochemistry; and organic stable isotope geochemistry. We offer courses in remote sensing, glacial geology, glaciology, GIS, geochemistry, geophsyics, and paleoclimatology, and we meet regularly during our weekly seminars.