Cooperative Institute for Climate & Satellites - Maryland


Thomas Newman

Thomas Newman joined the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS) at the University of Maryland as a Post-doctoral associate in 2011, working on the use of satellite and airborne data for cryospheric investigations. Dr. Newman studied at University College London in the United Kingdom and received his M.Sci degree in Earth and Space Science in 2006, and a Ph.D. degree in 2011, for a dissertation on the application of synthetic aperture techniques to radar echo soundings of the Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica.  Dr. Newman’s research interests involve the remote sensing of the Earth’s Polar Regions using airborne and satellite-based altimeters. His primary research focuses on the accurate determination of snow depths from airborne radar data, the effect of snow and ice morphology on altimetric radar returns, and the development of advanced in situ CAL/VAL techniques that can be used to validate airborne and satellite-based cryospheric observations. Dr. Newman has expertise in the analysis of Ultra Wideband Frequency Modulated Continuous-Wave (FMCW) radar data, low-frequency VHF radar sounding data (for Radioglaciology applications), CryoSat-2 and Multi-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (MB SAR), and experience using high-resolution lidar data to forward model radar returns and to parameterize surface topography.

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