Richard Eanes, Ph.D.
Dr. Eanes' main research interests are in the application of very precise satellite tracking to research in geodesy and geodynamics. In particular, he is an expert in the use of satellite laser range observations, with centimeter accuracy, to study the orbital evolution of specially equipped target satellites. The orbital evolution of these satellites is affected by many interesting geophysical phenomena, including the Earth's gravitational field. The accuracy of modern tracking systems can determine this field and its variations in time with unprecedented accuracy.
With this same type of tracking data (SLR), he has also determined the positions and motions of about 50 globally distributed SLR observatories. The motions, or velocities, of these stations are caused by plate tectonics and are determined to an accuracy of a few mm per year.
He is also involved in research that uses very accurate altimeter measurements made from orbiting platforms such as the joint US/French mission TOPEX/POSEIDON. He has produced a highly regarded model of the global ocean tides using this data.
Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1995