Dr. Erin Trochim is based at the Alaska Climate Science Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and is part of the Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning (SNAP) at the International Arctic Research Center (IARC). She received her interdisciplinary PhD from the UAF with a focus on Remote Sensing & Hydrology and was funded by the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program to characterize water tracks in headwater drainage basins of the Alaskan Arctic. As part of her doctoral research she also investigated the differences in ET between the water tracks and non water track areas in the Imnvait basin.
Trochim’s research interests include remote sensing, hydrology and permafrost, and their integration in solving real-world problems. In this, she focuses on translating information and results into effective visualizations to aid in decision-making.
After completing a bachelor’s of science degree in geography from the University of Calgary, she received master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She focused on hydrology, permafrost and remote sensing. She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center. Her work included creating policy briefs on permafrost, applying machine learning techniques on big data to analyze surface water and permafrost interactions, and assessing permafrost risk for communities in Alaska.