Optical Remote sensing for monitoring evolution of ablation season mountain snow cover




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Optical Remote sensing for monitoring evolution of ablation season mountain snow cover


by

Derrick J. Lampkin


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A Dissertation Submitted to the Faculty of


GEOGRAPHY AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT


In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements

For the Degree of


DOCTORATE OF PHILOSOPHY


In the Graduate College


THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

2005


THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

GRADUATE COLLEGE


As members of the Dissertation Committee, we certify that we have read the dissertation


prepared by Derrick J. Lampkin


entitled Optical remote sensing for monitoring evolution of ablation season mountain snow cover


and recommend that it be accepted as fulfilling the dissertation requirement for the


degree of: Doctor of Philosophy


Stephen R. Yool__________________________________________Date: April 15, 2005


Andrew C. Comrie________________________________________Date: April 15, 2005


Anne Nolin______________________________________________Date: April 15, 2005


Stuart E. Marsh__________________________________________Date: April 15, 2005


Final approval and acceptance of this dissertation is contingent upon the candidate’s submission of the final copies of the dissertation to the Graduate College.


I hereby certify that I have read this dissertation prepared under my direction and recommend that it be accepted as fulfilling the dissertation requirement.


Stephen R. Yool_______________________________________________April 15, 2005

Dissertation Director: Date


STATEMENT BY AUTHOR


This dissertation has been submitted in partial fulfillment of requirements for an advanced degree at the University of Arizona and is deposited in the University Library to be made available to borrowers under rules of the Library.


Brief quotations from this dissertation are allowable without special permission, provided that accurate acknowledgement of source is made. Requests for permission for extended quotation from or reproduction of this manuscript in whole or in part may be granted by the head of the major department or the Dean of the Graduate College when in his or her judgment the proposed use of the material is in the interests of scholarship. In all other instances, however, permission must be obtained from the author.


SIGNED: Derrick J. Lampkin


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS


The Taittriya Upanishad (verse 3) asks what is education and replies that it is teacher speaking to the disciple seated by his side, wisdom between, discourse connecting them. This characterizes my relationship with my advisor Steve Yool, who I admire as a scholar and a human being. I would like to thank my entire dissertation committee as well. Their wisdom, knowledge and guidance were instrumental in not only the production of this work, but in the scholar I have become. I would like to specifically acknowledge Dr. Anne Nolin for her contribution. Her time, guidance, and unselfish willingness to share knowledge were vital. I’d like to thank Dr. Kurt Thome for his willingness to serve as a model mentor as well as his unselfish support. Hopefully, our dialogues have resulted in an increase in brain mass (and intelligence)! Additionally, I want to recognize Dr. Stuart Marsh and Dr. Comrie for their kindness and guidance.


I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to my family. My mother and grandmother, whose love and faith carried me through the rough seas. My love and thanks to Karen and Spencer McBroom. Spencer you were the best father anyone could ever desire. Karen, your love and dedication kept me balanced. Dr. Kathy Powers (and Family), whose love and support over the years has been a light and crucial to reaching my goals. I love and admire her. Her conviction, heart, and spirit are truly extraordinary. I’d like to extend a heartfelt thanks to my brothers Mike Malcomb, Ian Blount, Debbie Ng, Marty Gooden, and Jamil Hassan. Their friendship, love, and support over these long years have been invaluable and kept me focused and determined. Thanks to Debbie Ng for her undying friendship as well. Thanks to Dr. Katherine Tate and Larry Williamson for their support. A special thanks is extended to Dr. Bisher Imam, whose steadfast support and friendship served a critical role in my career development. He is more than a mentor, but a brother as well. Thanks to Dr. Steven (Foz) Fassnacht for access to his wonderful, vast, and peculiar intellect. Dr. Kenneth Jezek is deserving of my gratitude for his efforts early in my career., which was the foundation of my academic training. Thanks to Dr. Robert (Bert) Davis, for his insightful dialoguesinput; Dr. Kelly Elder for his time and support; Rick Forster for his guidance; and Dr. Alfredo Huete for the opportunity to work under him. A special thanks goes to Dr. Jeff Dozier for his intellectual input and for doing some kick-ass work in alpine snow remote sensing. We all stand on his vision in this field. A special thanks goes to Gabriel Lopez for putting up with my demands. Thanks to Ceretha McKenzie, Ray Brice, Andree Jacobsen, and Jim Broermann for their technical support and friendship. A very special thanks to Kevin (Scooter) Dressler, and Noah Molotch for their friendship and support. My knowledge of field snow hydrology was greatly enhanced by Noah. My faith in humanity was rekindled by my friendship with Scooter. Thanks to Dr. Chris Cattrall for your time, friendship, late night talks, and deep talks over lunch at the Frogg. Your insights and support were important contributions to this work. I’d like to thank Sean Helfrich, Eve Halper, and Dawn Wilson for their support. Lastly, I’d like to thank Dr. Roger Bales, and Soroosh Sorooshian, and Dr. Ming Ying Wei for their guidance . and the opportunity to work in an intellectually stimulating and nurturing environment. Lastly, Dr. Ming Ying Wei (NASA headquarters). This research was supported by NASA under the Earth System Science Fellowship (ESS) grant NGT5. I would like toAdditional thanks to the Department of Geography and Regional Development for their financial support. Some support for this work was provided byas well as the NASA Southwest Regional Earth Science Applications Center, (NASA NAG13-99005), NASA grants NAG5-8503 and NAG-3006 (Subcontract 300623).


DEDICATION


“Such is the temple, the royal temple, which encloses the places where the whole is taught in the part, and the particular in the whole…” This quote regarding the ancient Egyptian concept of the university personifies the profound nature of such institutions. This work is dedicated to these places, which are committed to the pursuit of knowledge and truth; Essential and intrinsic characteristics of the Creator.


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