- Robert E. Crippen
Robert E. Crippen is a Research Scientist in the Terrestrial
Science Research Element at JPL. His academic training is in the geological
sciences and in geographic analysis, and he earned an interdisciplinary
Ph.D. in Earth Science Remote Sensing from the University of California,
Santa Barbara in 1989.
Highlights of his career include several innovative
image processing methods for enhanced information extraction from earth
observation data sets. He demonstrated the ability to obtain sub-pixel
measures of terrain displacements (e.g. earthquake strain fields and sand
His recent work includes development of methods to
suppress vegetative, snow, and atmospheric haze features in remotely sensed
imagery to better reveal the underlying bedrock, as well as methods of
analyzing digital elevation data, particularly for tectonic analysis.
Dr. Crippen is currently a principal investigator for Shuttle Radar Topography
Mission (SRTM) and a member of the SRTM Real Time Science Team.