The Earth & Planetary Surface Processes group at Stanford investigates the mechanics of sedimentary and geomorphic processes that shape planetary surfaces. Specifically, we seek to decipher what landforms and rocks can tell us about a planet’s past hydrology, climate, and habitability through a variety of approaches including the analysis of data returned by space exploration missions, modeling (theoretical, numerical, and experimental), spectroscopy, and analog fieldwork.
Our research combines macro-scale, field-based work on the stratigraphy and paleontology of carbonate platforms with micro-scale, laboratory-based work on the petrography and geochemistry of individual limestone samples and mineral phases. In addition to field and laboratory study, I also compile literature-based data and use theoretical models to help constrain interpretation of field-based data and to determine the extent to which local biotic patterns reflect global processes.
Radar Interferometry investigates the Earth and solar system using radar remote sensing techniques. Our main interests include InSAR imaging, Earth exploration from space, satellite remote sensing, planetary science, digital signal processing for geoscience applications, and EM scattering and propagation. We are multidisciplinary and housed jointly in the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Geophysics. Students interested in pursuing research in these areas are encouraged to apply through either of these departments.
Our group investigates the Earth and solar system using remote radar imaging, Earth exploration from space, satellite remote sensing, planetary science, digital signal processing for geoscience applications, and EM scattering and propagation.
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.
The Sedimentary Geology Research Group at Stanford University studies a variety of problems in basin analysis, deep-water systems, process sedimentology, micropaleontology, and Archean environmental conditions.
Our group studies atmospheric dynamics, climate variability, and general circulation. Increased confidence in quantitative climate prediction can only come from a deep understanding of the physical processes that set climate. Important physical mechanisms and interactions in atmosphere and climate dynamics will be defined and isolated in idealized models, and subsequently tested using observational and reanalysis records and with comprehensive models.