Jay Dickson



I am a polar and planetary scientist and remote sensing imaging specialist who has studied the evolution of planetary surfaces from orbit and from the ground for over two decades. I invent novel techniques of planetary image processing/analysis, develop GIS-based planetary data integration and visualization tools, and perform and assist with polar field operations in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica and the arctic.

I am currently the director of the Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.


Professional Experience

2023 - Present University of Minnesota:
Research Director
  Director of the Polar Geospatial Center

2023 - Present California Institute of Technology:
Visiting Researcher

2016 - 2023 California Institute of Technology:
Research Scientist in Image Processing
  Manager of The Bruce Murray Laboratory for Analysis and Visualization of Planetary Data
  Manager of The Caltech Geographic Information Systems Laboratory
  Research: Arctic time-lapse imaging.
    Generation of massive image mosaics using novel techniques of non-destructive, information-preserving geospatial image processing techniques.
    Co-I on Lunar Trailblazer, a NASA SiMPLEX mission to the Moon.
    Reconstruction of the Amazonian climate of Mars using GCMs.

2016 - Present Brown University:
Visiting Researcher
2002 - 2016 Brown University:
Science Data Analyst
  Field Work: 8 austral summers in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica (21 cumulative months)
  Research: Evolution and fate of ice on Amazonian Mars.
    Time-lapse photography and climate monitoring in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica.
    Development of active stereo visualization methods for planetary imaging data sets.
    Geographic Information System (GIS) techniques for planetary spatial analysis, including quantitative integration of Global Climate Models (GCMs) and geospatial datasets.

2004 - 2005 Roger Williams University: Digital Resources Specialist


2014 M.S. (Geographic Information Science & Technology)
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  Thesis: GIS-Based Quantitative Integration of Global Climate Model Simulations and Geodatabases of Gullies on Mars
2002 B.A., Hampshire College, Amherst, MA