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Joni Kincaid,
NSF Graduate Fellow

NSF GK-12 Project: Texas A&M University
Advancing Geospatial Skills in Science and Social Science
URL: http://agsss.tamu.edu

Thesis Title: An Assessment of Regional Climate Trends and Changes to the Mt. Jaya Glaciers of Irian Jaya, Indonesia
College/University: Texas A&M University

Research Advisor: Andrew Klein

Degree Sought
M.S. (Ph.D. in progress)

University Department and/or Lab
Department of Geography

Research Focus
I am researching glacier dynamics and the relationships between these dynamics and climate.

Description of Research
For my masterís thesis, I measured yearly changes in surface ice area, from 2000 to 2005, for the Mt. Jaya glaciers in Irian Jaya, Indonesia using satellite images. These measurements, along with a record of historical measurements dating back to 1962, provide an overview of the changes that have occurred to these glaciers over the past few decades. This record was then compared to climate data for the region over the same period and statistical inferences were made regarding cause and effect for the observed glacier changes. My Ph.D. research will most likely expand upon my thesis research.

Example of how my research is integrated into my GK-12 experience
I have planned a lesson in which students will locate glaciers around the world. These glaciers are located in tropical, temperate, and polar regions. The students then collect precipitation and temperature data for the areas in which these glaciers are located and graph this data in order to see the relationship between glacier locations and climate.

Profile date: August 2007
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