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Richard C. Olsen
Mail Code: PH/Os
Department of Physics &
Space Systems Academic Group
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-2019
Email: olsen (at)
PhD - University of California, San Diego, 1980
MS - Universisty of California, San Diego, 1975
BS - University of Southern California, 1974
  • 2005-Present: Professor
  • 1987-2005: Associate Professor
  • 1986 - 1987 - Associate Research Professor, University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL
  • 1982 - 1986 - Assistant Research Professor, University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL
  • 1980 - 1982 - Research Associate, University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL
  • 1976 - 1980 - Research Assistant, University of California, San Diego, CA
  • Remote Sensing
  • Space Environment
  • Plasma Physics
  • Remote sensing, with an emphasis on the general problem of target detection. I have been working with optical and radar data from a variety of civilian and national systems. Primary areas of effort in the last few years have been in the areas of spectral imagery utilizing the visible to short-wave infrared HYDICE sensor and the mid- to long-wave infrared SEBASS sensor. Most recently, I have been exploring innovative ways of using the new commercial, high-spatial resolution imaging systems, Quickbird and IKONOS.
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Trustee Scholar, University of Southern California
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: (View an extended list)
  • Olsen, R. C., C. E. McIlwain, and E. C. Whipple, Observations of Differential Charging Effects on ATS-6, Journal of Geophysical Research, 86, 6809-6819, 1981.
  • Olsen, R. C., Equatorially Trapped Plasma Populations, Journal of Geophysical Research, 86, 11235-11245, 1981.
  • Olsen, R. C., The density minimum at the Earth's magnetic equator, Journal of Geophysical Research, 97, 1135-1150, 1992.
  • Olsen, R. C., L. J. Scott, and S. A. Boardsen, On the consequences of bi-Maxwellian plasma distributions for parallel electric fields, Journal of Geophysical Research, 99, 2191-2203, 1994.
  • J. S., Tyo, A. Konsolakis, D . Diersen, and R. C. Olsen, Principal Components Based Display Strategy for Spectral Imagery, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 41, 708-718, 2003.
  • Tso, Brand, and R. C. Olsen, Combining spectral and spatial information into hidden Markov models for unsupervised image classification, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 26, 2113 2133, 2005.

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