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Chris   F  Larsen

Faculty in Geophysical Institute
Research Professor

Office:     Elvey 401
Phone:   (907) 474-5333


Ph.D. Geophysics, University of Alaska Fairbanks 2003
Thesis: Rapid Uplift of Southern Alaska Caused by Recent Ice Loss
M.S. Geophysics, University of California Santa Cruz, 1996
Thesis: Overtone Spectra and Hydrogen Potential of H2O at High Pressure
B.S. Physics, University of Alaska Fairbanks 1991
Senior Project: Construction and operation of a 5 W tunable pulsed dye laser

NASA Group Achievement Award. Operation IceBridge 2010
AGU Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, GRL
NASA Earth Systems Science Fellowship.
Antarctic Service Medals 1993, 1994

Commercial Pilot, Instrument Rated
Approved to pilot aircraft on UAF business

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Present Research Interests:
Airborne LiDAR and digital photogrammetry
GPS geodesy and surveying
Mass loss of Alaskan Glaciers
Glacier Dynamics
Tidewater and Lacustrine Calving Dynamics
Glacier generated seismicity
Active tectonics and deformation of Alaska
Glacial isostatic adjustment

Current Research Projects

Operation IceBridge Alaska 2013-15 (PI C.F. Larsen, co-I Truffer), NASA, Jan 2013-Dec 2015.

Development and Evaluation of Airborne LIDAR as a Tool for Measuring the Depth and Distribution of Shallow Snow Covers (PI C.F. Larsen), CRREL, CESU agreement number W9132T-12-2-0012, March 2012-March 2014.

Dynamics of subglacial erosion of soft sediments and its consequences for glacier evolution
2013-2016 (NSF).
M. Truffer, C.F. Larsen, A. Gusmeroli, R. Motyka, J. Amundson (UAS), J. Kavanaugh (U. Alberta).

The role of tributaries in glacier surges (PI Truffer, Co-PI C.F. Larsen), NSF ARC-1107491, 2011-2014.

Combining GRACE, IceBridge/ICESat Altimetry and Field Observations to Improve Estimates of Glacier and Ice Sheet Contributions to Rising Sea Level
2013-2016 (NASA).
A. Arendt, C.F. Larsen, S. Luthcke, S. O'Neel.

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C. Huggel, Salzmann, N., Allen, S., Caplan-Auerbach, J., Fischer, L., Haeberli, W., Larsen, C. F., Schneider, D., and Wessels, R., Recent and future warm extreme events and high-mountain slope stability, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, vol. 368, pp. 2435–2459, 2010.