Lora Koenig

Research Scientist


PhD, Geophysics, University of Washington


Remote sensing of ice sheets and snow, patterns of snow accumulation on ice sheets, firn aquifers (meltwater storage in ice sheet snowpack)

  • Operation IceBridge science team

Recent Highlights and Upcoming Expeditions

  • 2013 Co-lead for Greenland Aquifer drilling team in Southeast Greenland
  • 2011 Led Satellite Era Accumulation Traverse (SEAT) in West Antarctica
  • 2011 Led Operation IceBridge LVIS/B-200 Aircraft Campaign over Greenland
  • 2010 Led Satellite Era Accumulation Traverse (SEAT) in West Antarctica
  • 2009 Served as Scientist to winter-over at Summit Station, Greenland
  • 2007 Led radiometer/radar studies at Summit Station, Greenland
  • 2006 Led radiometer studies at Swiss Camp and Summit Station, Greenland
  • 2006 Participated in US ITASE Traverse in East Antarctica, led radiometer field work
  • 2005 Participated in ARCUS Summer School program on board the ice breaker Kapitan Dranitsyn
  • 2002 Participated in NASA Cold Land Processes Experiment, ground validation campaign



Koenig, L. S., A. Ivanoff, P. M. Alexander, J. A. MacGregor, X. Fettweis, B. Panzer, J. D. Paden, R. R. Forster, I. Das, J. R. McConnell, M. Tedesco, C. Leuschen, and P. Gogineni. 2016. Annual Greenland accumulation rates (2009-2012) from airborne snow radar. The Cryosphere 10(4): 1739-1752. doi:10.5194/tc-10-1739-2016.


Koenig, L. S., D. J. Lampkin, L. N. Montgomery, S. L. Hamilton, J. B. Turrin, C. A. Joseph, S. E. Moutsafa, B. Panzer, K. A. Casey, J. D. Paden, C. Leuschen, and P. Gogineni. 2015. Wintertime storage of water in buried supraglacial lakes across the Greenland Ice Sheet. The Cryosphere 9(4): 1,333-1,342, doi:10.5194/tc-9-1333-2015.

Rupper, S., W. F. Christensen, B. R. Bickmore, L. Burgener, L. S. Koenig, M. R. Koutnik, C. Miege, and R. R. Forster. 2015. The effects of dating uncertainties on net accumulation estimates from firn cores. Journal of Glaciology 61(225): 163-172, doi:10.3189/2015JoG14J042.


Brucker, L., E.P. Dinnat, and L.S. Koenig. 2014. Weekly gridded Aquarius L-band radiometer/scatterometer observations and salinity retrievals over the polar regions – Part 1: Product description. The Cryosphere 8: 905-913, doi:10.5194/tc-8-905-2014.

Brucker, L., Dinnat, E.P., and L.S. Koenig. 2014. Weekly gridded Aquarius L-band radiometer/scatterometer observations and salinity retrievals over the polar regions – Part 2: Initial product analysis. The Cryosphere 8: 915-930, doi:10.5194/tc-8-915-2014.

Koenig, L.S., C. Miège, R.R. Forster, and L. Brucker. 2014. Initial in situ measurements of perennial meltwater storage in the Greenland firn aquifer. Geophysical Research Letters doi:10.1002/2013GL058083.

Onana, V., L.S. Koenig, J. Ruth, M. Studinger, and J. Harbeck. 2014. A semiautomated multilayer picking algorithm for ice-sheet radar echograms applied to ground-based near-surface data. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 99: 1-19, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2014.2318208.


Burgener, L.K., S. Rupper, L.S. Koenig, R.R. Forster, W. Christensen, J. Williams, M. Koutnik, C. Miege, and E. Steig. 2013. An observed negative trend in West Antarctic accumulation rates from 1975 to 2010 evidence from new observed and simulated records. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres 118(10): 4205-4216, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50362.

Forster, R., J. Box, M. van den Broeke, C. Miège, E. Burgess, J. van Angelen, J. Lenaerts, L.S. Koenig, J. Paden, C. Lewis, S.P. Gogineni, C. Leuschen, J. McConnell. 2013. Perennial liquid water discovered in Greenland firn layer. Nature Geosciences, doi:10.1038/ngeo2043.

Hall, D.K, J.C. Comiso, N.E. DiGirolamo, C.A. Shuman, J.R. Key, J. Box, and L.S. Koenig. 2013. Variability in the surface temperature and melt extent of the Greenland Ice Sheet from MODIS. Geophysical Research Letters 40: 1-7, doi:10.1002/grl.50240.

Koenig, L.S., J. Box, and N. Kurtz. 2013. Surface mass balance and snow on sea ice working group. EOS 94(10): 100, doi:10.1002/2013EO100006.


Hall, D.K, J.C. Comiso, N.E. DiGirolamo, C.A. Shuman, J.R. Key, and L.S. Koenig. 2012. A satellite-derived climate-quality data record of the clear-sky surface temperatures of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Journal of Climate doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00365.1.

Onana, V.D., N.T. Kurtz, S. Farrell, L.S. Koenig, M. Studinger, and J.P. Harbeck. 2012. A sea ice lead detection algorithm for use with high resolution airborne visible imagery. IEEE Transactions on Geosciences and Remote Sensing 51(1): 38-56, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2012.2202666.

Rupper, S., J.M. Schaefer, L.K. Burgener, L.S. Koenig, K. Tsering and E.D. Cook 2012. Sensitivity and response of Bhutanese glaciers to atmospheric warming. Geophysical Research Letters 39, L19503, doi:10.1029/2012GL053010.


Koenig, L.S., and D.K. Hall. 2010. Comparison of satellite, thermochron and station temperatures at Summit, Greenland during the winter of 2008-2009 with implications for global-change monitoring. Journal of Glaciology 56(198): 735-741.


Koenig, L.S., E.J. Steig, D.P. Winebrenner, and C.A. Shuman. 2007. A link between microwave extinction length, firn thermal diffusivity and accumulation rate in West Antarctic. Journal of Geophysical Research, 112(F3), F03018.


Koenig, L.S., and R.R. Forster. 2004. Evaluation of passive microwave snow water equivalent algorithms in the depth hoar dominated snowpack of the Kuparuk River Watershed, Alaska, USA. Remote Sensing of Environment 93(4): 511-527.


Forster, R.R., K.C. Jezek, L.S. Koenig, E. Deeb. 2003. Measurements of glacier geophysical properties from InSAR wrapped phase. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing 41(11): 2,595-2,604.