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Earth Matters: Radar Glaciology: A Window into Ice
SERIES: EARTH MATTERS
Earth Matters is a quarterly public program co-sponsored by the Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and Stanford Continuing Studies. With the global population expected to exceed nine billion people by 2050 and per capita consumption on the rise, the world faces an unprecedented challenge: meeting human needs for fresh water, food, and energy while protecting the planet’s ability to produce these essential resources for generations to come. This series addresses problems, facts, and myths; explains potential solutions; and engages the local community in a lively discussion.
Radar Glaciology: A Window into Ice
One of the largest sources of uncertainty in understanding climate change and planning for future sea level rise is estimating the impacts of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheet melts. One of the great open questions about our place in the universe is whether life exists elsewhere in the solar system. Whether we’re responding to the challenges of an evolving climate or exploring Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, humanity’s ability to understand and respond to the natural world can be limited by our ability to observe conditions beneath kilometers of ice. Radio echo sounding is a uniquely powerful geophysical technique for studying the interior of ice sheets, glaciers, and icy planets. In this talk, Dustin Schroeder will discuss how his team is addressing this challenge by advancing ice-penetrating radar system design and data analysis for terrestrial and planetary glaciology. This research is filling a fundamental gap in our ability to understand the evolution, stability, and sea level contribution of ice sheets in a changing climate as well as the habitability of ocean worlds.
Dustin Schroeder, Assistant Professor of Geophysics, Stanford
Dustin Schroeder works on the problem of observing, understanding, and predicting the configuration and evolution of ice sheets using ice-penetrating radar data. Before coming to Stanford he was a radar systems engineer with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. He is a science team member on NASA’s Europa Clipper mission and served as lead radar engineer and operator during three Antarctic field seasons with the ICECAP project.