The changing global climate is suspected to have long-term effects on much of the world’s inhabitants. Among the various effects, the rising sea level will directly affect many people living in low-lying coastal regions. While the ocean-s thermal expansion has been the dominant contributor to rises in sea level, the potential contribution of discharges from the polar ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica may provide a more significant threat due to the unpredictable response to the changing climate. The Radar-Informatics unit provides a glimpse in the processes fueling global climate change and explains what methods are used for ice data acquisitions and analysis.

Presentation Radar (58)


This lesson motivates radar-informatics by building on previous discussions on why X-applications are growing in data size and why analytics are necessary for acquiring knowledge from large data. The lesson details three mosaics of a changing Greenland ice sheet and provides a concise overview to subsequent lessons by detailing explaining how other remote sensing technologies, such as the radar, can be used to sound the polar ice sheets and what we are doing with radar images to extract knowledge to be incorporated into numerical models.

Remote Sensing

This lesson explains the basics of remote sensing, the characteristics of remote sensors and remote sensing applications. Emphasis is on image acquisition and data collection in the electromagnetic spectrum.

Ice Sheet Science

This lesson provides a brief understanding on why melt water at the base of the ice sheet can be detrimental and why it’s important for sensors to sound the bedrock.

Global Climate Change

This lesson provides an understanding and the processes for the greenhouse effect, how warming effects the Polar Regions, and the implications of a rise in sea level.

Radio Overview

This lesson provides an elementary introduction to radar and its importance to remote sensing, especially to acquiring information about Greenland and Antarctica.

Radio Informatics

This lesson focuses on the use of sophisticated computer vision algorithms, such as active contours and a hidden markov model to support data analysis for extracting layers, so ice sheet models can accurately forecast future changes in climate.

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