DISSERTATION PROPOSAL


A. GENERAL INFORMATION

B. AREA OF RESEARCH

C. RESEARCH QUESTIONS

  1. Is sea ice extent expanding in the northern polar region?
  2. How do you average the published sea ice concentrations for a yearly perspective?
  3. Does the averaged (by year) trends tend to agree with the monthly trends linearized for seasonal changes (e.g. this plot)?
  4. Does the yearly averaged data agree for both North and South polar regions?
  5. Are there other data trends that are closely correlated to the averaged yearly trends (e.g. methane, CO2 or temperature)?
  6. Can you detect a solar cycle trend in the data?

D. DISCUSSION

E. SCOPE OF THE DISSERTATION

F. METHODOLOGY

  1. Review the applicable journals, trade publications, and research resources to determine the best approach for averaging sea ice concentration in the polar region.
  2. Interview polar researchers knowledgeable in the field.
  3. Review and analyze current computer software applications that would be appropriate to apply to this study.
  4. Gather published datasets that are applicable to the study.
  5. Develop an approach to the averaging of sea ice concentration for yearly averages.
  6. Discuss the results of the averaging.
  7. Search for time series trends.
  8. Examine the statistical significance of any trends found.

G. DISSERTATION CHAPTER OUTLINE

  1. Dissertation Title Pages
  2. Abstract (Executive Summary)
  3. Introduction
  4. Background and Motivation (e.g. click here)
  5. Previous Related Work (e.g. click here)
  6. Methodology (e.g. USGS CD-ROM contents and USGS report)
  7. Results
  8. Discussion of Results
  9. Recommendations for Further Studies
  10. Conclusions (e.g. click here)
  11. List of References and Appendices (e.g. see below and here)

H. SCHEDULE

       Milestone                                            Date

1.   Literature Review                                    28 Feb 97
2.   Software Applications Review                         31 Mar 97
3.   Develop Averaging Techniques                         30 Apr 97
4.   Develop Yearly Average Sea Ice Data                  31 May 97
5.   Submit abstract to AGU for Fall '97 meeting in SF    31 May 97
6.   Examine Correlations with Other Datasets             15 Jun 97
7.   Preliminary Results and Conclusions                  30 Jun 97
8.   Write Dissertation First Draft                       31 Jul 97
9.   Submit paper to IEEE Transactions on
       Geoscience and Remote Sensing                      15 Oct 97
10.  Present paper at AGU Fall '97 SF meeting             10 Dec 97
11.  Final Dissertation Submission/Get Signatures         15 Dec 97
12.  Graduate                                             15 Jan 98
13.  Revised paper published in IEEE Transactions on GRS     Feb 98

I. BENEFITS OF RESEARCH

J. ANTICIPATED TRAVEL/FUNDING REQUIREMENTS

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