Dr. Larsen oversees the glacier altimetry program at the UAF-GI, and since 2009 has directed Operation Ice Bridge Alaska. Operation Ice Bridge is a NASA airborne mission focused on glaciers and icesheets worldwide, and is the largest airborne survey of Earth's polar ice ever flown. Additionally, Dr. Larsen uses an array of geodesy, remote sensing, photogrammetry and seismology in field-based research to study Alaska glaciers.
Dr. Larsen holds a commercial pilots license with an instrument rating, has over 1000 hours of Alaska PIC time, and is approved to pilot small aircraft on UAF business.
Dr. Larsen grew up in Southern California and first moved to Fairbanks in 1987. Favorite pasttimes and activities include a variety of outdoor pursuits with his wife, Dr. Jessica Larson (a volcanologist and professor also with UAF-GI) and son Sam.
- Airborne LiDAR and digital photogrammetry
- GPS geodesy and surveying
- Mass loss of Alaska glaciers
- Glacier dynamics
- Tidewater and lacustrine calving dynamics
- Glacier generated seismicity
- Active tectonics and deformation of Alaska
- Glacial isostatic adjustment
- American Geophysical Union
- International Glaciological Society
- NASA Group Acheivement Award (Operation IceBridge 2010)
- American Geophysical Union Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing (Geophysical Research Letters)
- NASA Earth Systems Science Fellowship (Proposal: Glacial Unloading: Forcings, Responses, and Processes)
- Antarctic Service Medal (1993, 1994)
- Research Associate Professor, Glaciology, Geophysical Institute, UAF (2013-present)
- Research Assistant Professor, Glaciology, Geophysical Institute, UAF (July 2006 - 2013)
- Research Associate, Geodesy, Geophysical Institute, UAF (April 2004 - June 2006)
- Post Doctoral Fellow, Geodesy, Geophysical Institute, UAF (May 2003 - April 2004)
Bartholomaus, T.C., C.F. Larsen and S. O'Neel. (2013). Does calving matter? Evidence for significant submarine melt. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 380, 21-30, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2013.08.014.
Johnson, A.J., C. F. Larsen, N. Murphy, A.A. Arendt and S. Lee Zirnheld. (2013). Mass balance in the Glacier Bay area of Alaska, USA, and British Columbia, Canada, 1995-2011, using airborne laser altimetry. Journal of Glaciology, 59(216), 632-648, doi:10.3189/2013JoG12J101.
Burgess, E.W., R.R. Forster and C.F. Larsen. (2013). Flow velocities of Alaskan glaciers. Nature Communications, 4, article no. 2146, doi:10.1038/ncomms3146.
Rignot, E., J. Mouginot, C.F. Larsen, Y. Gim and D. Kirchner. (2013). Low-frequency radar sounding of temperate ice masses in Southern Alaska. Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 1-7, doi:10.1002/2013GL057452.
Trussel, B.L., R.J. Motyka, M. Truffer and C.F. Larsen. (2013). Rapid thinning of lake-calving Yakutat Glacier and the collapse of the Yakutat Icefield, Southeast Alaska, USA. Journal of Glaciology, 59(213), 149-161, doi:10.3189/2013J0G12J081.
Elliott, J., J.T. Freymueller and C.F. Larsen. (2013). Active tectonics of the St. Elias orogen, Alaska, observed with GPS measurements. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 118, 1-18, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50341.
Bartholomaus, T.C., C.F. Larsen, S. O'Neel and M. West. (2012). Calving seismicity from iceberg-sea surface interactions. Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, F04029, doi:10.1029/2012JF002513.