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Potential Projects for Summer 2021

SESUR applicants - Stanford Students

If you are interested in learning more or getting involved in one of these projects, you should contact the faculty member  and other mentors directly.  This list is not comprehensive however, and many other projects are possible.  Please visit this page often for project updates.  Also, feel free to explore all our faculty research areas and contact anyone whose research interests you.  For your reference, you can also view the project archives at the bottom of this page for an overview of previous year's submitted projects.

SURGE applicants - Non-Stanford Students

If you are interested in getting involved in one of these projects, please indicate so on your application.  This list is not comprehensive however, and many other projects are possible.  Feel free to browse the list of faculty research interests and indicate, on your application, anyone whose research interests you.

last updated on 10/2020

New projects will be added in December 2020 for research in 2021.

Potential Projects for Summer 2021

Ice Penetrating Radar: Science and Engineering to Explore Ice Sheets and Icy Moons

Category(s): Climate Change, Evolution of Earth
Department: Geophysics

The Stanford Radio Glaciology research group focuses on the subglacial and englacial conditions of rapidly changing ice sheets and the use of ice penetrating radar to study them and their potential contribution to the rate of sea level rise. In general, we work on the fundamental problem of observing, understanding, and predicting the interaction of ice and water in Earth and planetary systems Radio echo sounding is a uniquely powerful geophysical technique for studying the interior of ice sheets, glaciers, and icy planetary bodies. It can provide broad coverage and deep penetration as well as interpretable ice thickness, basal topography, and englacial radio stratigraphy. Our group develops techniques that model and exploit information in the along-track radar echo character to detect and characterize subglacial water, englacial layers, bedforms, and grounding zones. In addition to their utility as tools for observing the natural world, our group is interested in radio geophysical instruments as objects of study themselves. We actively collaborate on the development of flexible airborne and ground-based ice penetrating radar for geophysical glaciology, which allow radar parameters, surveys, and platforms to be finely tuned for specific targets, areas, or processes. We also collaborate on the development of satellite-borne radars, for which power, mass, and data are so limited that they require truly optimized designs. Student projects are available in support of both ice penetrating radar instrument development and data analysis.
Summer only.

Skills/Interest/Background: Engineering, Physics, Scientific Programming
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