Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
David Shean is an assistant professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington. His research involves the development and application of new methods to study dynamic Earth system components with real-world implications for water resources, sea level rise, and natural hazards. His current research uses satellite, airborne, UAV, and terrestrial remote sensing observations to understand the Earth’s cryosphere, with focus on mountain glaciers, seasonal snow, and ice sheets. Much of this work requires modern data science approaches and high-performance computing to answer questions that cannot be addressed using traditional approaches.
David’s early research involved documenting past glaciation and evidence for climate change on Mars. He went on to work for Yellowstone National Park, where he studied dynamic hydrothermal features, and then Boston University, where he performed geophysical surveys of glaciers in the Transantarctic Mountains. From 2007-2011, David worked for Malin Space Science Systems as a member of the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Context Camera (CTX) and Mars Color Imager (MARCI) science operations team. His PhD research at the University of Washington documented the evolution of ice-shelf basal melt and ice-stream dynamics in West Antarctica to better understand future ice-sheet stability.
- Ph.D in Earth and Space Sciences, 2016 University of Washington
- Sc.M. in Geology, 2006 Brown University
- Sc.B. in Geology-Physics/Mathematics, 2004 Brown University
- Remote Sensing
- Photogrammetry and Image Processing
- Planetary Science