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KU Prof to Deliver Keynote at International Conference

Friday, June 6, 2008

[the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets]

Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Prasad Gogineni will deliver the keynote address at the Symposium on Radioglaciology and its Applications sponsored by the International Glaciology Society June 9 in Madrid.

Gogineni, who is director of the NSF Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets headquartered at the University of Kansas, will discuss “Advances in Radar Imaging and Sounding of Ice Sheets” on the first day of the five-day symposium. The Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) uses a multidisciplinary approach to create new technologies for studying polar ice and new means of interpreting the data. The effort centers on remote-sensing technology and integrates expertise in electrical engineering, information technology, aerospace engineering, glaciology and geophysics. The ultimate goal is to identify and predict the role of the world’s polar ice sheets in global climate change.

Gogineni’s invitation to speak is being sponsored by the IGS. The conference is being organized by the Polytechnic University of Madrid and is sponsored by the International Glaciology Society.

According to organizers of the conference indicate the bed topographies of the Antarctic and Greenland Ice sheets were mapped in the ’70s and ’80s using the limited technologies of the day. Since then, ice-penetrating radar technology and newer radar technology are providing far greater and more nuanced data for interpreting changes in polar ice.

The symposium organizers have solicited scientific papers and presentations on a variety of topics, including radar surveys, deep sounding, Mars and orbiters, ice flow inferences, analysis techniques and more.

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