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Kenneth Mankoff

Professional Research Assistant

About Kenneth

Ken Mankoff is a senior associate scientist at NSIDC. His research focuses broadly on ice sheets and polar oceans as indicators of climate change, and specifically on glacier hydrology, novel instrumentation, and fieldwork. He has more than 25 years experience as an Earth scientist, and participated in more than 25 polar or glacier field campaigns. His fieldwork has included data collection under glaciers, within a crevasse field, and from the ocean at the edge of calving glaciers. An invited speaker on all seven continents, he is an advocate of public outreach. He is also an advocate of open source software, open science, and open data, and is the Chief Editor (Ice) of the Earth System Science Data (ESSD) journal.


Glacier hydrology and ice-ocean interactions; reproducible computational workflows and scientific publications using open source tools; remote sensing, sensor design, development, and deployment; public outreach

Current Research

Near-real-time and forecast monitoring Greenland Ice Sheet discharge and total mass balance, and global snow-covered area and grain size products.


Ph.D., University of California Santa Cruz, 2013
B.S., Computer Science, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2001


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