University Designated Centers and Institutes

Center for Remote Sensing of Ice SheetsLink to website

Director: Carl Leuschen, Ph.D.

The Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) is a Science and Technology Center established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2005 with the mission of developing new technologies and computer models to measure and predict the response of sea level change to the mass balance of the ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica.  The NSF’s Science and Technology Center (STC) program combines the efforts of scientists and engineers to respond to problems of global significance, supporting the intense, sustained, collaborative work that is required to achieve progress in these areas.  CReSIS provides students and faculty with opportunities to pursue exciting research in a variety of disciplines; to collaborate with world-class scientists and engineers in the US and abroad; and to make meaningful contributions to the ongoing, urgent work of addressing the impact of climate change.​

The University of Kansas serves as the lead institution for CReSIS, which is comprised of six additional partner institutions and several international institutions and industry partners.​

Partner Institutions
Elizabeth City State University - CERSER

Elizabeth City, NC
Contributes expertise in analyzing satellite data, generating high-level data products, and participates in outreach.

Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana
Provides world-class expertise in CI and high-performance computing, addresses challenges in data management, processing, distribution, and archiving and contributes to high-performance modeling requirements.

Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA
Improves and applies seismic sensor technology, contributes expertise in modeling, and participates in field activities and outreach.

University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Provides expertise in satellite observations of ice sheets and participates in process-oriented interpretation and model development.

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM
Contributes to ice sheet modeling.

Provides outreach and supports student development.

Other Supports and Contributors
Centre for Ice and Climate, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark
Collaborates on the analysis and interpretation of ice-core data, provides ice core expertise and datasets to validate ice sounding measurements, utilizes ice sounding data for site selection of deep ice-core drilling projects and supports student and faculty exchanges. 

Centre for Polar Observations & Modeling (CPOM)
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Collaborates on satellite data validation and interpretation, with field programs, in ice sheet modeling efforts and supports student and faculty exchanges. 

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Kanpur, India
Collaborates in sensor development and signal processing and supports student and faculty exchanges.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Beltway, MD
Provides expertise in use of in-situ measurements of ice-surface velocity and satellite and airborne ice-sheet remote sensing.

NASA Jet Propulsion Labratory
Pasedena, CA
Provides expertise in application of InSAR ice velocity data.

The Kansas City Plant (NNSA and Honeywell FM&T)
Kansas City, MO
Contributes to radar and platform development activities, provides technical expertise in packaging, miniaturizing, and adapting systems for operation in polar regions and provides summer internships for graduate students.

University of Magallanes
Punta Arenas, Chile
Collaborates with field programs and supports student and faculty exchanges.

Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets
Nichols Hall
2335 Irving Hill Road
Lawrence, KS 66045
Phone: (785) 864-4390

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