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KU gets $1.7 million to improve systems to study climate change

November 7, 2012

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Researchers with Kansas University’s Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets have received a $1.7 million grant to improve radar systems for capturing images of polar ice sheets from aircraft.

The three-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation will go to Rick Hale, associate professor of aerospace engineering at KU, and other collaborators.

They will use the funds to develop improved radar that can capture higher-resolution images of wide spans of polar ice sheets, while also mapping the sheets’ internal layers up to 2.5 miles deep, Hale said in a KU release.

Researchers use KU’s radar systems to determine where to drill for core samples from ice sheets, which can reveal changes that have taken place over the course of thousands of years.

CReSIS researchers monitor polar ice sheets and predict how they’ll be affected by climate change.

Researchers developing the new radar will make use of labs in the School of Engineering’s newest building, the Measurement, Materials and Sustainable Environment Center.

Comments

blindrabbit 2 years, 6 months ago

KU ought to hire the climate change/global warming denier GOP Oklahoma Senator James Mountain Inhofe to provide the educated opposition to all of the accepted science supporting the changes. Inhofe would give the right-wing, nut case, religiously based explanation of all of the milarky. Funny how Oklahoma has borne the brunt of prairie fires, drought, tornados, Notre Dame and pestilence; must be payback for his whacked out concepts.

Chris Golledge 2 years, 6 months ago

Hmm, what do you think the monetary losses in agriculture due to drought and heat were in just the last two years?

What do you think the global trend has been over the last couple of decades?

Here is a starting point.
"Agricultural economists at the University of Illinois estimate the drought will trigger this year gross indemnities of roughly $30bn" http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/dfbc99e8-e88d-11e1-8ffc-00144feab49a.html#axzz2BeUaudFW

IDK, but the Financial Times does not strike me as being all that liberal.

question4u 2 years, 6 months ago

Why should anyone be spending money studying the effects of global warming? Scientists have a thing or two to learn from children. Don't these researchers know that all you have to do is ignore a problem and it will go away?

Instead we have scientists predicting drought in the Midwest and larger and more damaging hurricanes as the polar ice cap melts and weather patterns shift. Those things definitely aren't going to happen, and even if they do they will be acts of God, not something that you can blame on human beings.

What have scientists ever done right? It's not as though they could send a probe to Mars or create human insulin in pigs through genetic engineering. Anyone who thinks that scientists know more than Rush Limbaugh needs a head examination.

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