David Alan Braaten

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Geography and Atmospheric Science
Associate Director, CReSIS
Primary office:
Lindley Hall
Room 413B
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7613
Second office:
Nichols Hall
Room 321

Atmospheric science, remote sensing, climate change. Research on polar ice sheet characteristics and snow accumulation processes.

Teaching Interests

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Remote sensing
  • Polar regions


My research interests and activities are multidisciplinary, involving atmospheric science, remote sensing, and glaciology. In particular, my work involves instrument development, conducting airborne and surface-based field experiments (mainly in Greenland and Antarctica), and validating the field measurements using ice core analyses, snow pit data sets and numerical weather forecast model data. Most of my current research is related to the study of ice sheet response to global warming, the current mass balance of the ice sheets, and the contribution of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets to sea level rise. This research has a high degree of societal relevance, as our work has estimated that a 1 meter rise in sea level would displace more than 100 million people worldwide.

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