Naureen Khan: Research

Background and Contact

I am a third year PhD student in the UB Glacier Modeling Lab. I am from Chittagong, Bangladesh and I completed my BS in Environmental Science with a minor in Mathematics from Asian University for Women in 2018. I studied Ocean Acidification in the Northern Bay of Bengal from 2017-2018 for my undergraduate senior thesis. Presently, I have been working on detecting and predicting crevasses in the Greenland Ice Sheet.

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Close Up of crevasses from North Western Greenland
Credit: Jeremy Harbeck, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

For my doctoral research, I’m working on an automated detection method to locate crevasses and predicting their locations for the future projections on the Greenland Ice Sheet.

For my first two years at UB, I focused on learning Machine Learning methods and exploring satellite imagery datasets on Google Earth Engine. I studied about different object-based detection models to find the optimal model to detect crevasses from Satellite Imagery. Using Google Earth Engine, my task was to study the differences between Optical and SAR-based remote sensing in terms of selecting the optimal acquisition method that would provide the highest visibility of crevasses on Greenland.

For my 3rd year of PhD, I started working on a Deep Convolutional Neural Network named U-Net to automatically detect crevasses on the Greenland Ice Sheet from Sentinel-1 Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite imagery in Google Earth Engine. I adapted this workflow using an open-source machine learning framework named TensorFlow on the Jupyter Notebooks hosted on Ghub. I also studied the literature to understand the process and occurrence of crevasse initiation in glaciers and on an ice-sheet scale.

My future goal is to predict crevasses for future centuries to interpret and improving global sea level rise projections using Ice Sheet Models.

I am really excited to learn something new about Glaciology everyday!

I attended and presented my research talk on “Automated Crevasse Detection on the Greenland Ice Sheet” at the Northeast Glaciology Meeting (NEGM) 2023 hosted at the University of Maine.

I participated in the six-day Earth Surface Processes Institute (ESPIn) Spring School 2023 at the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System (CSDMS) in Boulder, Colorado. I had an amazing week at Boulder where I learnt a lot of cool stuff and made great connections. I was part of the Glacier Team, we presented our Jupyter Notebook on Glacier Meltwater Routing module built using Landlab water routing components at CSDMS Landlab tool at CSDMS Annual Meeting 2023.

I presented my poster on DeepLearning-based Crevasse Detection using Sentinel-1 SAR Imagery on Pakitsoq, Greenland at American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2023 Fall Meeting. I presented the prediction results of the Crevasse Detection model on a January 2020 median scene from Sentinel-1 on a 30 km x 20 km area of Pakitsoq.

Other Interests

My interests outside research also involves learning about the latest discoveries in the Astronomy Field.

Rocky Mountains in Denver, Colorado
Naureen at Nafakhum Waterfalls, Chittagong, Bangladesh