Steven William Fons

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Steven William Fons

  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • 301.286.4632
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 615
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
  • Brief Bio

    Steven is a postdoctoral researcher with the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center at the University of Maryland. He received B.S. degrees in Atmospheric Science and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016. While at UW-Madison, Steven studied Antarctic meteorology using automatic weather station data collected around the continent. In 2021, he received his PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science from the University of Maryland with a dissertation titled "Retrievals of Antarctic sea ice physical properties using satellite radar altimetry".

    Currently, Steven studies sea ice using a combination of satellite altimetry and in situ measurements. Specifically, he uses data collected on the year-long Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) Expedition, where he spent more than 5 months in the Arctic Ocean collecting sea ice cores. Steven uses these measurements to help improve sea ice thickness retrievals from the CryoSat-2 and ICESat-2 altimeters.

    Education

    M.S. Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Maryland - College Park, 2019.

    B.S. Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2016.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Fons, S. W., and N. T. Kurtz. 2019. "Retrieval of snow freeboard of Antarctic sea ice using waveform fitting of CryoSat-2 returns." The Cryosphere, 13 (3): 861-878 [10.5194/tc-13-861-2019]

    Brief Bio

    Steven is a postdoctoral researcher with the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center at the University of Maryland. He received B.S. degrees in Atmospheric Science and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016. While at UW-Madison, Steven studied Antarctic meteorology using automatic weather station data collected around the continent. In 2021, he received his PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science from the University of Maryland with a dissertation titled "Retrievals of Antarctic sea ice physical properties using satellite radar altimetry".

    Currently, Steven studies sea ice using a combination of satellite altimetry and in situ measurements. Specifically, he uses data collected on the year-long Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) Expedition, where he spent more than 5 months in the Arctic Ocean collecting sea ice cores. Steven uses these measurements to help improve sea ice thickness retrievals from the CryoSat-2 and ICESat-2 altimeters.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Fons, S. W., and N. T. Kurtz. 2019. "Retrieval of snow freeboard of Antarctic sea ice using waveform fitting of CryoSat-2 returns." The Cryosphere 13 (3): 861-878 [10.5194/tc-13-861-2019]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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