Ted Eckmann, UCSB Geography Department
Teaching and Related Awards:
GEOG 3A (Oceanic and Atmospheric Processes) Summer 2008, Summer 2006, Fall 2005, Summer 2005, Fall 2003
GEOG 3B (Land, Water, and Life) Summer 2004, Winter 2004
GEOG 14 (Multimedia Production Using Maps and Images) Spring 2007, Spring 2006
GEOG 102 & 202 (Environmental Optics and Remote Sensing) Winter 2006, Winter 2005
GEOG 104 (Physical Oceanography) Fall 2004
GEOG 115A (Remote Sensing: Image Analysis) Fall 2007
GEOG 133 (Tropical Meteorology) Spring 2005
GEOG 166 (Physical Climatology) Spring 2004

> UCSB Geography Department's Excellence in Teaching Award (2004-2005)

> Campus-Wide Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from UCSB’s Graduate Students Association (2005-2006)

> Campus-Wide Outstanding Teaching Award from UCSB’s Residence Halls Association & Office of Residential Life (2006-2007)

In 2009, I completed my PhD in the Geography Department within the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB). My dissertation research developed and applied new methods for improving global measurements of subpixel fire sizes and temperatures, using data from multiple satellites. Results from this research can improve fire-spread modeling and forecasting, help to reduce some hazards that fires pose to property and health, and improve scientific understanding of the impacts that fires have on ecosystems and atmospheric composition. My sources of support for this research included: a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship, a Brython Davis Fellowship, Jack and Laura Dangermond Scholarships, a NASA California Space Grant, and the encouragement and assistance from my friends, family, students, committee members, and colleagues. Thank you to everyone who helped!

My Master's thesis, completed in the UCSB Geography Department in 2005, developed new methods to enhance transportation safety by improving forecasts of visibility reductions due to fog.

My broader interests include almost everything. I particularly like cirrus clouds, good music, teaching, and outdoor activities. My class websites provide access to huge collections of links for weather forecasting that I maintain, so they can see when it will be a nice day for hiking, kayaking, camping, or any other outdoor activity, and MODIS images centered on UCSB from nice days in the past.

See the UCSB Geography Department's ranking among PhD programs,
according to PhDs.org and the United States National Research Council

See a photo of me kayaking on a field trip to Santa Cruz Island with GEOG 3B.




Two of my former students and me after a flight to Catalina Island in a single-engine aircraft: flying is a great way to experience geography. Yes, I'm wearing a GIS shirt... sometimes geographers are easy to spot.




Ted's travels in Alaska, Yukon Territory, and British Columbia

In addition to my photos, some geographic comparisons describe these areas well: Denali National Park and Preserve is larger than Massachusetts; Yukon Territory is larger than California, but has a population of only ~30,000 (California's population is ~30,000,000).

Coastal Fog and Stratus in Southern California

Fog is fun to watch: it rolls and spins in turbulent eddies, drifting silently across the landscape, swirling around topography, often evaporating as quickly and mysteriously as it arrives.

Ted's travels in Hawai'i and O'ahu

I recently explored the Mauna Kea Observatory, tossed various objects into lava streams at Volcanoes National Park, and visited a few beaches and waterfalls. Hawai'i is a great place to study physical geography. Read about my visit to Volcanoes National Park.

The University of Washington's Seattle Campus

This is the most beautiful university campus I've ever seen. I was accepted to the graduate program in geography at the University of Washington's Seattle campus, along with several other universities, but I chose UC Santa Barbara instead because it seemed to be the best fit for me, academically.



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The Sun Never Sets on the British Empire

I created this in Photoshop. I've always liked that saying about how "The sun never sets on the British Empire," which probably made the most sense when the British Empire controlled at least one colony in all twenty-four time zones on Earth. However, to be more accurate, that really means that the sun is ALWAYS setting on the British Empire. I managed to tile that entire landscape using the albums of only five prolific British bands: The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Who, Led Zeppelin, and The Rolling Stones. I own almost every album pictured above, along with over 2,500 other CDs, not one of which is from mp3 (I'm an audiophile so I don't like mp3s due to their poor sound quality).

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Petri (a cat)

I also like to draw.





Copyright 2009 by Ted Eckmann

UCSB Geography Department Website