Chair: Dan Reisenfeld
This project is aimed at investigating the impact on weather and climate models from higher spatial resolution atmospheric data collection. See the work we have done in the Colombian Amazon with our collaborators at Entropika.
Tethered Imaging System:
As our imaging capabilities stretch further into space the use of digital elevation models (DEM) as a comparison model to the mapping of other planets, particularly Mars, has become a necessity. An area in Camas Prairie, Montana, just south of Hot Springs, has long been acknowledged as one of the prime examples of preserved ripple marks produced by prehistoric Glacial Lake Missoula. These topographical features provide a wealth of information for geologists and geomorphologists interested in fluid flow and how it carves and affects landscapes as well as reconstructing prehistoric landforms and climate history. The depth and expanse of the reconstructed lake model a scenario completely unmatched on the face of our earth today which holds invaluable information for theoretical facets of such sciences as geomorphology. This project focuses on the integration of a three dimensional camera system and a tethered balloon to attain stereoscopic photographs of the prominent glacial ripples in Camas Prairie Montana. These images will be the basis for a digital elevation model of the area.
Traditionally UM-BOREALIS involved sending a high altitude balloon to about 100,000 feet into the atmosphere as a platform for conducting experiments. Many of these experiments became Montana State middle school science fair projects. Examples of the experiments include ozone measurements, cosmic ray measurements, and environmental lapse rate measurements. Click on a link to see one of our 2005 video or our 2009 video.