Jul 10, 2008 •

Dr. Robert Bindschadler

Dr. Robert Bindschadler, chief scientist of the Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Photo Credit: Peter West, NSF

Dr. Robert Bindschadler has been an active Antarctic field researcher for the past 25 years and has led numerous field expeditions to Antarctica and has participated in expeditions to glaciers and ice caps around the world. He maintains an active interest in the dynamics of glaciers and ice sheets, investigating how remote sensing can be used to improve our understanding of the role of ice in the Earth’s climate.

Applications developed by Dr. Bindschadler include measuring ice velocity and elevation using both visible and radar imagery, monitoring melt of, and snowfall on, ice sheets using microwave emissions, and detecting changes in ice sheet volume by repeat spaceborne radar altimetry.

He has advised the U.S. Congress and Vice President on the stability of ice sheets and ice shelves and served on many scientific commissions and study groups as an expert in glaciology and remote sensing of ice.

Dr. Bindschadler was awarded the Antarctic Service Medal in 1984 and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 1994.

He has published over 130 scientific papers and numerous review articles and has provided expert opinion regarding glaciological impacts of the climate on the world’s ice sheets and glaciers.

Dr. Bindschadler is part of the new Landsat Science Team and was instrumental in the creation of the Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA), the first ever true-color high-resolution satellite view of Antarctica.

Source: USGS Landsat Project

Further Information:
“Time on the Shelf” NASA Earth Observatory article
“Christmas Among Crevasses: How a Goddard Scientist Spent His Holiday Season” (PDF, 2.4 Mb)