This is the cyberexistence of

Roger De Roo

my SEM seminar

my UROP seminar

my GLACEO seminar

instrumentation project list

Hey! I finished that dissertation! I was so exhausted when I finished it that I don't remember defending it, but my advisor tells me that I have passed beyond miserable world of being a grad student and into the exciting world of being a post-doc. Frankly, I haven't noticed much of a difference, other than the fact that I go to more meetings now.

Click here to see a photo proof of me at graduation. More recently, I've been found at a radiometry measurement field site gazing with amazement at the 11 foot high (not 10 foot, nor 12 foot) corn plants that extend for a half mile in every direction.

I am now a member of the Microwave Geophysics Group, rather than the Rad Lab, where I earned my Ph.D. and worked for several years as a Post-Doc. I am the System Engineer for STAR-Light, one of my present projects. Other present projects are the Cold Lands Processes Experiment (CLPX) and an experiment to determine how microwave radiometry can monitor the effects of global climate change by measuring the thawing of the permafrost active layer at Toolik Field Station on the North Slope of Alaska.

a list of tutorials for my students.

I spent the summer of 1996 making L- and C-band radar measurements of growing crops at the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site at the Kellogg Biological Station. Ground truth includes soil moisture and plant height and vegetation biomass by plant part. WARNING: some of the datapoints I have since discovered are bad. Sorry, but I haven't yet gotten around to repairing the master database, from which this data is taken.

The clutter database is now online! Here's QueryBuilder: my spiffy generic interface to a MySQL database. The interface is written using DBI, so presumably it is extensible to other SQL database implementations. If you don't know the password to the clutter database, email me for instructions on how to get it or try the tennis database to see how the interface works, or, better yet, check out my help page for the Clutter Database to get an idea of what it contains.

I've moved the Bistatic Measurement Facility onto a page of its own.

Here are a pair of organizations in which I've been somewhat involved, back when I was still a student. I try my best to make sure that the Michigan Student Assembly, the central student government at the University of Michigan, doesn't disturb me more than a cup of burnt coffee. I've also been involved in Rackham Student Government, a much more soothing institution. I'm maintaining these links because I'm interested in following these organizations' struggles to bring democratic governance to the electronic age. Over the last few years they have migrated their election procedures from paper ballots to online. Election participation is way up, and results are tabulated practically as soon as polls close. There are many other student governments out there, each doing their own thing.

My workshop directory contains objects mostly related to my work. Speaking of which, here's a list of my publications.

I primarily get my jollies out of two-wheeled vehicles. For a long number of years that consisted of day touring rural SE Michigan on my Gitane 10 speed bicycle. Since then I've gotten my motorcycle endorsement and now I've got both a 1978 Yamaha DT175 Enduro and a 1973 BMW R75/5. The BMW bike's got so much class that there is a huge support structure out there, like the BMW /5 mailing list, which I once temporarily administered, and the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America, of which I am a member.

So that others may intelligently make the same mistakes I've made, here's my BMW /5 Tech Page.

Coming soon! A photo of me on the Enduro in simulated traffic, as seen by a 94 GHz scatterometer pretending to be a collision avoidance radar. (Well, coming as soon as your favourite vaporware. I recently discovered that these images were made in part with money from one of the Big Three, and that means that they can't be as publishable as we'd like. Sorry).

Here's a couple of my favorite weather web sites, and they're in my homepage so I can get back to them without having to figure out their URLs: the Weather Underground's Michigan conditions and forcasts for Munising, Houghton Lake and Ann Arbor, Intellicast's Detroit Metro Airport weather forcast and radar images for Detroit and Green Bay, Eastern US weather maps, the Weather Channel's Ann Arbor area precipitation radar, and Weather Now, Because of my tendency to travel with my body uncaged, as well as the nature of field research that I'm doing lots of this summer, the weather of the moment is rather important to me.

I'm keeping a links page for various links of miscellaneous service providers.

Yet another subject I am curious about: electronic publishing.

And finally, here's a site that I stumbled upon that needs a bit more exploration: Raccoons from Mars.

If you ever need to contact me for any reason, the best by far is email.

Last updated 28 Mar 2001
Links last updated 28 Mar 2001