David Braaten

Natural Sciences and Mathematics - Geography and Atmospheric Science, Geography, Physics and Astronomy
Associate Director, CReSIS
Primary office:
Lindley Hall, 413B
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7613


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.

Currently funded research projects:

Collaborative Research: GAMBIT - Gamburtsev aerogeophysical mapping of bedrock and ice targets, NSF, D. Braaten, PI, S. Gogineni, co-PI, $597,448., 1/1/07 – 12/31/09. Recommended for funding.

Radar Soundings of fast flowing glaciers in Greenland, NASA, S. Gogineni, PI, D. Braaten, co-PI, $503,000., 12/1/05 – 11/30/08.

A Geographic Information System (GIS) Application to Ice Sheet Mapping and Mass Balance Analysis, NASA, D. Braaten, PI, Earth System Science (ESS) Graduate Student Fellowship awarded to Joel Plummer, $72,000., 8/1/05 – 7/31/08.

Science and Technology Center: Ice Sheets and Sea Level Rise, NSF, S. Gogineni, PI, D. Braaten, co-PI, $19,000,000., 6/1/05 – 5/31/10.

Mobile Sensor Web for Polar Ice Sheet Measurements, NSF/NASA, S. Gogineni, PI, D. Braaten, A. Agah, G. Prescott, C. Allen, V. Frost, C. Tsatsoulis, co-PI’s, $8,700,000., 10/01 – 10/07.

Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science Events
2019 GPRM-AAG Annual Meeting