Professional interests focus on the simple theme of "getting a better look at ice, especially sea ice." At the human scale, sea ice looks like a vast frozen white desert punctuated by sharp ridges and open-water leads and polynyas. With the recent advances in remote sensing, computer technology, and telecommunications, it is now possible to "look" at the ice at spatial scales beyond the human vision. Furthermore, the speed of modern technology affords us the luxury of replaying events at temporal scales many times faster than they occur. This gives us the opportunity to assess and analyze events in the past in order to better understand the present and prepare ourselves for the future.
Long-term goals include taking advantage use of scales beyond the range of human perception to improve navigation in the polar seas, better prepare humanity for survival in these regions, and assess the interaction and impact of sea ice on our world. Several ongoing research projects focus on research and development ideas that both support the discovery elements of science but also advance the development of operational tools necessary to facilitate scientific discovery.
Cathleen A. Geiger, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
Listen to the sound that ice makes
as it scrapes against itself!
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