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Cryosphere Geophysics And Remote Sensing

helicopter in snow

Microwave radar measurements from a helicopter in avalanche terrain.

 News & Announcements

  • Podcast on snow research January 10, 2012 Podcast about our snow research highlighted at
  • Real time avalanche detection December 16, 2011 3-year grant from Idaho Transportation Department awarded for a project, led by Scott Havens, to develop and install a real time avalanche detection system using infrasound.  See Research Projects for more information on this exciting new program.

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The CryoGARS group, within the Geosciences Department at Boise State University, focuses on answering scientific questions about the snow and ice covered areas of the world (the Cryosphere) using state of the art geophysical, remote sensing, modeling, and engineering methods. Our current research includes quantifying the spatial variability of snow properties using ground-based microwave radar and snow micropenetrometry, improving estimates of snow properties from airborne and satellite-based radar, detection of oil spills under sea ice with radar, quantifying lateral flow of water within the snowpack, and detection of avalanches with infrasonics.