Dr. Larsen oversees the glacier altimetry program at the UAF-GI, and since 2009 Dr. Larsen 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 Alaskan glaciers.
Dr. Larsen holds a commercial pilots license with an instrument rating, has over 1000 hours of Alaskan 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 pastimes and activities include a variety of outdoor pursuits with his wife Dr. Jessica Larsen (a volcanologist and professor also with UAF-GI) and son Sam.
- Airborne LiDAR
- GPS geodesy and surveying
- Mass loss of Alaskan 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)
- Research Assistant Professor, Glaciology, Geophysical Institute, UAF (July 2006 - Present)
- Research Associate, Geodesy, Geophysical Institute, UAF (April 2004 - June 2006)
- Post Doctoral Fellow, Geodesy, Geophysical Institute, UAF (May 2003 - April 2004)
- Burrows, R., S. Herreid, G. Adema, A. Arendt, C.F. Larsen (2011), Glacier trends and response to climate in Denali National Park and Preserve, Park Science.
- Sato, T., S. Miura , W. Sun , T. Sugano , J. Freymueller, C.F. Larsen, Y. Ohta, H. Fujimoto, D. Inazu, R.J. Motyka (in press, 2011) Gravity and uplift rates observed in Southeast Alaska and their comparison with GIA model predictions, J. Geophys. Res. 2011JB008485R.
- O’Neel, S., C.F. Larsen, N. Ruppert, R. Hansen, (2010) Iceberg Calving as a Primary Source of Regional-Scale Glacier-Generated Seismicity in the St. Elias Mountains, Alaska, J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2009JF001598.
- Sato, T., C.F. Larsen, Satoshi, M., Ohta, Y., Fujimoto, H., Sun, W., Motyka, R.J., Freymueller, J.T., (2010) Reevaluation of the viscoelastic and elastic responses to the past and present-day ice changes in Southeast Alaska, Tectonophysics, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2010.05.009.
- Elliott, J., C. F. Larsen, J. T. Freymueller, and R. J. Motyka, (2010) Tectonic Block Motion and Glacial Isostatic Adjustment in Southeast Alaska and Adjacent Canada Constrained by GPS Measurements, J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2009JB007139.
- West, M., C.F. Larsen, M. Truffer, S O′Neel, and L. LeBlanc. (2010) Glacier microseismicity. Geology v. 38; no. 4; p. 319-322; DOI: 10.1130/G30606.1.
- Huggel, C., N. Salzmann, S. Allen, J. Caplan-Auerbach, L. Fischer, W. Haeberli, C.F. Larsen, D. Schneider, R. Wessels, (2010) Recent and future warm extreme events and high-mountain slope stability, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2010 368, 2435-2459 doi: 10.1098/rsta.2010.0078.
- Sun, W., S. Miura, T. Sato, T. Sugano, J. Freymueller, M. Kaufman, C. F. Larsen, R. Cross, and D. Inazu (2010) Gravity measurements in southeastern Alaska reveal negative gravity rate of change caused by glacial isostatic adjustment, J. Geophys. Res., 115, doi:10.1029/2009JB007194.