Chuck Deehr

Space Physics
(907) 474-7473
Elvey 712A

Charles Sterling Deehr was born in Kalamazoo Michigan USA in 1936. He received a BA degree in physics from Reed College in 1958 and an MS and PhD in geophysics from the University of Alaska in 1961 and 1968. He married Tone Treider in Oslo in 1960 and they have four daughters. He has worked at the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska for 50 years, starting as a student in the International Geophysical Year and ending as a professor emeritus in the 4th International Polar Year. During that time, he was active in the establishment of the CEDAR and GEM programs of the National Science Foundation, and the upgrade of the Poker Flat Research Range. He spent a number of years as a visiting scientist at the Physics Institute of the University of Oslo and at UNIS on Svalbard. His research interests include spectrophotometric studies of atmospheric emissions, mainly associated with the dayside and nightside aurora and polar airglow as signatures of the coupling between the solar wind and the ionosphere. He produces the auroral forecast and the auroral alert as a part of his participation in the Geophysical Institute's space weather research program. Dr. Deehr is a member of the American Geophysical Union and he received the Nansen Medal from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in 1985.

Positions Held: 
Prof. Emer. Phys., Geophysical Institute, Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks, 1988-present. Member, Board of Directors, Alaska Space Grant Program, 1991-2000. Member, Station Science Board, Nordlysstasjonen, Svalbard .1996-2008. Research Professional Geophysical Institute, Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks, 1998-2008. Scientific Director of Poker Flat Research Range, April 1989 - 1998. Senior Research Consultant to the Director, Geophysical Institute Jan 1988-April 1989. Professor Emeritus of Physics, 1988 Sabbatical Leave, University of Oslo, Dept. of Physics, 1985-1986. Professor of Geophysics, Geophysical Institute, U of Alaska, July 1981-Jan 1988. Sabbatical Leave, University of Oslo, Dept. of Physics, 1979-1980. Coordinator, External Degree Program in Geophysics, 1977-1978. Chairman, Academic Council, State Committee on Academic Policy, 1976-1978. Associate Professor of Geophysics, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, July 1969-July 1981. Post-Doctoral Fellow, Royal Norwegian Council for Scientific and Technical Research, University of Oslo, July 1969-July 1971 Assistant Professor of Geophysics, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, July 1968-July 1969. Assistant Geophysicist, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska 1964-1968. Senior Research Assistant, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, 1961-1964. Graduate Assistant, University of Washington, 1960-1961. Graduate Assistant, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, 1958-1960.
Selected Pubs: 

Deehr, C. S. and M.H. Rees, The eclipse of July 20, 1963, spectrophotometry of atmospheric emissions, Planet. Space Sci., 12, 875-888, 1964.
Deehr, C. S., The twilight enhancement of the auroral and nebular lines of neutral atomic oxygen, Ann. Geophys., 25, 881, 1969.
Deehr, C. S., A. Egeland, K. Aarsnes, R. Amundsen, H.R. Lindalen, F. S¯raas, P. Stauning, H. Borg, G. Gustafsson, L.-A. Holmgren, W. Riedler, J. Raitt, G. Skovli, T. Wedde, R. Dalziel, P. A. Smith, G. R. Thomas and R. Jaeschke, Particle and auroral observations from the ESRO 1/AURORAE satellite, J. Atmo. Terr. Phys., 35, 1979-2011, 1973.
Deehr, C. S., G.G. Sivjee, A. Egeland, K. Henriksen, P.E. Sandholt, R. Smith, P. Sweeney, C. Duncan and J. Gilmer, Ground-based observations of F-Region aurora associated with the magnetospheric cusp, J. Geophys. Res., 85, 2185-2182, 1980.
Deehr, C. S., A relation between the altitude of the aurora and solar activity, J. Geophys. Res., 88, No. Al, 395-397, 1983.
Deehr, C.S., D.A. Lorentzen, F. Sigernes, and R.W. Smith, Dayside auroral hydrogen emission as an aeronomic signature of magnetospheric boundary layer processes, Geophys. Res. Lett., 25, No. 12, 2111-2114, 1998.
Deehr, C.S., and D Lummerzheim, Ground-based optical observations of hydrogen emission in the auroral substorm, J. Geophys. Res. 106(A1), 33-44, 2001.
Deehr, C., M.H. Rees, A.E. Belon, G.J. Romick, and D. Lummerzheim, Influence of the ionosphere on the altitude of discrete auroral arcs. Ann. Geophys., 2005. 23(3): p. 759-766.
Sandholt, P.E., C.S. Deehr, A. Egeland, B. Lybekk, R. Viereck and G.J. Romick, Signatures in the dayside aurora of plasma transfer from the magnetosheath, J. Geophys. Res., 91(A9), 10,063-10,079, 1986
Egeland, A. and C. Deehr, Roald Amundsen’s contributions to our knowledge of the magnetic fields of the Earth and the Sun, Hist.Geo. Space Sci., 1, p 1-14, 2011