RICHARD R FORSTER, PHD

Curriculum Vitae

RICHARD R FORSTER, PHD portrait
  • Interim Associate Dean College of Social Behavioral Sciences, Social & Behav Science-Dean, University of Utah
  • Professor, Geography Department, University of Utah

Research

Research Statement

My research primarily focuses on using remote sensing data to derive information about snow and ice conditions at the Earth's surface. More specifically I study glaciers and seasonal snow cover response to climate change. This work is geographically focused on Alaska, Greenland, Antarctica, and the Intermountain West. The data sets I use most frequently are based on microwave remote sensing, especially synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and interferometric SAR (InSAR). In addition, I use InSAR to measure ground displacement due to hydrologic processes.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • An initial investigation of the Greenland perennial firn aquifer. PI: Richard Forster. 01/01/2013 - 01/01/2015. Total project budget to date: $213,598.00
  • Mechanisms of Alaskan glacier motion through observation of surface velocities and ice thickness. PI: Richard Forster. NASA, 09/15/2009 - 09/14/2012. Total project budget to date: $90,000.00
  • Investigation of Spatial and Temporal Variation in Snowpack Properties and Their Microwave Radiative Response Using High Resolution Broadband (2-18-GHz) Active Microwave Radar Measurements. PI: Han Petter Marshal. Co-PI(s): Richard Forster. NASA, 09/09/2008 - 09/08/2009. Total project budget to date: $474,074.00
  • Measuring Snow Water Equivalent Using Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR). PI: Richard Forster. NASA, 09/15/2006 - 02/15/2010. Total project budget to date: $72,000.00
  • ANTARCTICA ACCUMULATION PATTER. PI: FORSTER PHD,RICHARD R. NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, 07/01/2010 - 07/31/2013. Total project budget to date: $525,850.00
  • GREENLAND SNOW ACCUMULATION. PI: FORSTER PHD,RICHARD R. NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, 09/15/2009 - 08/31/2012. Total project budget to date: $653,745.00
  • ALASKA GLACIER VELOCITIES. PI: FORSTER PHD,RICHARD R. NATIONAL AERONAUTICS & SPACE A, 05/09/2008 - 05/08/2011. Total project budget to date: $543,722.00

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • Wind River Range glacier measurements. PI: Jeff VanLooy. Co-PI(s): Rick Forster. 07/31/2011 - 08/11/2011.