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James Garrison

Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Environmental and Ecological Engineering
(765) 496-7482


  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado-Boulder, 1997
  • M.S., Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, 1990
  • B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1988

Research Summary

Dr. Garrison's research focuses on developing new techniques for Earth remote sensing in microwave frequencies using signals of opportunity. He is presently conducting several projects to improve the sensing of ocean winds, ocean salinity, atmospheric water vapor, and seismic events. Recently he has proposed methods for measuring soil moisture at depths of several decimeters and is conducting field experiments to test this approach. The size, weight, and power of instruments based upon these principles are an order of magnitude smaller than the present state of art instruments, enabling them to be deployed on small ??nanosatellites?? or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Selected Publications

  • Garrison, J.L., Voo, J.K., Yueh, S.H., Grant, M.S., Fore, A.G., and Haase, J.S., Estimation of Sea Surface Roughness Effects in Microwave Radiometric Measurements of Salinity Using Reflected Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS-R) Signals, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, Vol. 8, No. 9, p 1170 1174, Nov. 2011.
  • Shah, R., Garrison, J.L., and Grant, M.S., Demonstration of Bistatic Radar for Ocean Remote Sensing using Communication Satellite Signals, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, in press, Nov., 2011.
  • Yang,Y-M, Garrison, J.L., and Lee, S-C, Ionospheric Disturbances Observed Coincident with the 2006 and 2009 North Korean Underground Nuclear Tests, Geophysical Research Letters. Vol. 39, No. 2, L02103 DOI: 10.1029/2011GL050428, Jan. 27, 2012.