Melt model



GEOS 120: Glaciers, Earthquakes, Volcanoes (Co-taught)

Course Description of glacier part:
Alaska is one of the most glacierized areas in the world outside Greenland and Antarctica. The course provides a descriptive overview of what glaciers are, their significance for water resources, global sea-level and climate, how they move, grow or retreat, how they have fluctuated in the recent and geological history of the Earth, what they can tell us about former climates and what topical issues are in Greenland, Antarctica and Alaska. The class is for non-science majors and does not involve any math.
Taught each semester (lectures Tuesdays and Thursdays, labs)

GEOS 617: Glaciers

Course Description
The course deals with present-day glaciers and ice sheets including the mechanisms responsible for their existence, motion and variations, and the paleoclimate information they contain. The course focuses on the processes related to glacier mass balance, glacier meteorology, energy exchange at the glacier surface, glacier-climate interactions, and the response of glaciers to climate change, but also includes topics such as glacier hydrology, ice dynamics, and glacier thermodynamics.
Instructional methods: lectures, student presentations, literature seminars
Taught every second fall (next time 2019)
Prerequisite: Calculus math

GEOS 695: International Summer School in Glaciology

  • Course Description
    The course is an intense 11 day graduate level course in glaciology. It was given in summer 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016, and is envisaged to offer it every second year pending funding. Offered again in June 2018.

AG-825 Glaciology at UNIS, Svalbard (2008 - 2014)

Guest lecturing for mass-balance week.

PhD students (main advisor for)


  • Jason Geck: Meltwater modeling in Alaska
  • Matvey Debolskiy: Hydrology modeling in glacierized permafrost regions (2015 - ); ( co-chair with V. Romanovsky)
  • Andrew Johnson: Glacier modeling of the Antarctic Pensinsula (fall 2016 - )
  • Federico Covi: Refreezing in the firn of Greenland (Jan 2017- )


  • 2016: Christian Kienholz: Glacier monitoring and mass-balance modeling in Alaska (2011 - )
  • 2013: Robert McNabb (UAF): On the frontal ablation of Alaska tidewater glaciers pdf
  • 2008: Mattias de Woul (Stockholm University): Response of glaciers to climate change - mass balance sensitivities, sea-level and runoff pdf
  • 2008: Valentina Radic (UAF): Modelling sea-level rise from melting glaciers pdf

MSc students (or equivalent, main advisor for)


2016: Aurora Roth (UAF)
2013: Christian Kienholz (UAF)
2007: Raphael Hubacher, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology (INK), Stockholm University
2006: Joe Sedlar, Meteorological Department, Stockholm University
2006: John Hulth, INK, Stockholm University
2006: Magnus Sannebro, INK, Stockholm University
2004: Dirk-Sytze Koostra, INK, Stockholm University
2003: Mattias de Woul, INK, Stockholm University
2003: Emma Mattisson, Technical University Stockholm
2002: Per Holmberg, Meteorological Department, Stockholm University
2001: Yvonne Kramer, Uppsala University
2000:  Margareta Johansson, Stockholm University
2000:  Ulf Jonsell, Uppsala University


Since 6/2017: Dr. David Rounce
12/2013-12/2014: Dr. Florian Ziemen (not at MPI Hamburg)
9/2013-6/2014: Dr. Robert McNabb (now postdoc at Oslo University)
9/2011-1/2015:  Dr. Andy Bliss (now Assistant Prof. at Colorado State University)
7/2011-5/2013 Dr. Batuhan Osmanoglu (now at NASA Goddard)
2008-2009: Dr. Indrani Das (UAF), now at Columbia University
2007-2008: Dr. Hernan de Angelis (Uppsala University)
2007-2008: Dr. Ulf Jonsell (Uppsala University), now at Swedish Polar Secretariat
2003-2006: Dr. Thomas Schuler (Stockholm U, total of 8 months), now at Oslo U.

Last update: Feb 2018