Professors Beata Csatho and Tony Schenk attended the launch of NASA’s ICESat-2 satellite on September 15, 2018, 6:02 PDT. ICESat-2 measures ice sheet elevations changes to improve ice sheet models and sea level rise predictions.
Recent and ongoing research
Hydrology of the Greenland Ice Sheet – how does meltwater flow on, within, and underneath the glacier and how does this affect the speed of ice flow?
Global sea-level rise – how will melting glaciers and warming ocean temperatures change the future surface of the planet?
Water Security – what controls the availability of water in the subsurface and how will the movement and storage of water change in the future?
How do explosive volcanic eruptions – especially large ones – interact with their surroundings?
What are the mechanisms behind the formation, propagation, and deposition of pyroclastic flows?
Large-scale numerical simulations of plate tectonics and subduction- How do slab geometry, upper plate structure, and mantle rheology control three-dimensional tectonic deformation and mantle flow?
3D Virtual Reality for Model Exploration - How do modern 3D VR tools enhance the exploration of big data and numerial simulation output from supercomputers?