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I currently have multiple openings for students and/or postdocs to join my research group in 2018. Please see project pages for more details and contact me directly to discuss opportunities. Click here for details on open positions…


NASA High-mountain Asia Team (HiMAT) release of 8-m resolution DEM mosaic and ~4000 DEM strips through the NSIDC DAAC


UW News press release for invited presentation on glacier mass loss in the Western U.S.


Workshop on Geospatial Data Science at the UW eScience Institute



Glacier mass balance

Geodetic glacier mass balance on a regional to continental scale using high-resolution DEMs

Snow depth and SWE

Geodetic estimates of snow depth and snow water equivalent on a regional scale

Antarctic Ice-shelf Dynamics and Ice-ocean Interaction

Understanding ice-ocean interaction and ocean-induced basal melting beneath vulnerable ice shelves

Greenland outlet glacier dynamics

Using high-resolution DEM/velocity time series to understand outlet glacier behavior

Natural Hazards

Rapid response and geodetic analysis


Satellite Stereo DEMs

Mass production of high-resolution DEMs from stereo satellite imagery

Structure from Motion (SfM)

High-resolution elevation and image data from multi-view stereo photographs

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

Autonomous platforms for aerial surveys, inspections, etc.

Terrestrial Laser Scanning

Ground-based LiDAR

Terrestrial Radar Interferometry (TRI)

Ground-based radar capable of resolving mm-scale surface displacements

Image feature tracking

Horizontal displacements (velocity) from automated image correlation

Recent Publications

More Publications

. GPS-derived estimates of surface mass balance and ocean-induced basal melt for Pine Island Glacier ice shelf, Antarctica. The Cryosphere, 2017, doi:10.5194/tc-11-2655-2017, 2017.

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. Seasonal and interannual variability in terminus position, glacier velocity, and surface elevation at Helheim and Kangerlussuaq Glaciers from 2008 to 2016: Helheim and Kangerlugssuaq Glaciers. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 2017, doi:10.1002/2016JF004133, 2017.

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. Sensitivity of Pine Island Glacier to observed ocean forcing: PIG response to ocean forcing. Geophysical Research Letters, 2016, doi:10.1002/2016GL070500, 2016.

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. Grounding line variability and subglacial lake drainage on Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica. Geophysical Research Letters, 2016, doi:10.1002/2016GL070259, 2016.

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. An automated, open-source pipeline for mass production of digital elevation models (DEMs) from very-high-resolution commercial stereo satellite imagery. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 2016, doi:10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2016.03.012, 2016.

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. Estimating supraglacial lake depth in West Greenland using Landsat 8 and comparison with other multispectral methods. The Cryosphere, 2016, doi:10.5194/tc-10-15-2016, 2016.

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. Observations of seasonal and diurnal glacier velocities at Mount Rainier, Washington, using terrestrial radar interferometry. The Cryosphere, 2015, doi:10.5194/tc-9-2219-2015, 2015.

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. Greenland supraglacial lake drainages triggered by hydrologically induced basal slip. Nature, 2015, doi:10.1038/nature14480, 2015.

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. Brief Communication: Further summer speedup of Jakobshavn Isbræ. The Cryosphere, 2014, doi:10.5194/tc-8-209-2014, 2014.

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. Candidate ice-rich material within equatorial craters on Mars. Geophysical Research Letters, 2010, doi:10.1029/2010GL045181, 2010.

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I expect to offer the following courses in the coming years through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering:

  • CEE498A: Advanced Surveying
  • Geospatial Data Analysis with Python

Students can check the UW time schedule for updates.


I’m a big proponent of free and open-source software.

Much of my code (including this website) is publicly available on github.

I use the following on a daily basis:

  • Python
  • NumPy/SciPy/Matplotlib
  • bash
  • QGIS
  • Ames Stereo Pipeline