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Affiliation: 
University of Colorado
Title: 
Prof. Dept. of Geological Science
Department: 
INSTAAR, Fellow
Expertise: 
Snow & Ice

Biography

Meier, former director of CU-Boulder's Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and emeritus professor in the geological sciences department, has received a number of prestigious awards during his career. They include the Horton Medal from the American Geophysical Union, the Seligman Crystal Award from the International Glaciology Society, the Distinguished Service Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior and three medals from the USSR Academy of Sciences. Meier received his doctorate from the California Institute of Technology in 1957 and has conducted a variety of glacier dynamics investigations of glaciers and snowcover in North America, Europe, Greenland and Antarctica with the U.S. Geological Survey and CU-Boulder. He was one of the first scientists to apply remote-sensing techniques to snow and ice, to pioneer the study of glacial surges and iceberg-calving tidewater glaciers and to spearhead a new "scaling" technique to estimate the alarming loss of glacier mass worldwide over the past century.