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Schaffer, Janin, et al. 2016. A global, high-resolution data set of ice sheet topography, cavity geometry, and ocean bathymetry. Earth System Science Data 8(2): 543-557. doi:

Schlegel, N.-J., et al. 2016. Application of GRACE to the assessment of model-based estimates of monthly Greenland Ice Sheet mass balance (2003–2012). The Cryosphere 10(5): 1965-1989. doi:

Stevens, Laura, et al. 2016. Linking glacially modified waters to catchment-scale subglacial discharge using autonomous underwater vehicle observations. Cryosphere 10: 413-42. doi:

Tschudi, Mark, Julienne C. Stroeve, and J. Scott Stewart. 2016. Relating the Age of Arctic Sea Ice to its Thickness, as Measured during NASA’s ICESat and IceBridge Campaign. Remote Sensing 8(6). Art. #457. doi:

Vance, Tessa R., et al. 2016. Optimal site selection for a high-resolution ice core record in East Antarctica. Climate of the Past 12(3): 595-610. doi:

Wang, Xianwei, et al. 2016. An improved approach of total freeboard retrieval with IceBridge Airborne Topographic Mapper (ATM) elevation and Digital Mapping System (DMS) images. Remote Sensing of Environment 184: 582–594. doi:

Wang, Xuanji, et al. 2016. Comparison of Arctic Sea Ice Thickness from Satellites, Aircraft, and PIOMAS Data. Remote Sensing 8(9). Art. #713. doi:

Xie, Jiping, et al. 2016. Benefits of assimilating thin sea ice thickness from SMOS into the TOPAZ system. The Cryosphere 10(6): 2745-2761. doi:

Yi, Donghui, et al. 2016. Antarctic sea-ice freeboard and estimated thickness from NASA's ICESat and IceBridge observations. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2016 IEEE International. Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ( IEEE ), 7682-7685. doi:

Young, Duncan A., et al. 2016. The distribution of basal water between Antarctic subglacial lakes from radar sounding. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, A-Mathematical…. 374. Art. #20140297. doi:

Zhao, X., et al. 2016. A case study of a transported bromine explosion event in the Canadian high arctic. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres 121(1): 457-477. doi:


Abraham, Carsten, et al. 2015. Effects of subgrid-scale snow thickness variability on radiative transfer in sea ice. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans 120(8): 5597-5614. doi:

Andersen, M. L., et al. 2015. Basin-scale partitioning of Greenland ice sheet mass balance components (2007–2011). Earth and Planetary Science Letters 409: 89-95. doi:

Armitage, Thomas W. K., and Andy L. Ridout. 2015. Arctic sea ice freeboard from AltiKa and comparison with CryoSat-2 and Operation IceBridge. Geophysical Research Letters 42(16): 6724-6731. doi:

Banda, F., and S. Tebaldini. 2015. Texture-free absolute DEM retrieval from opposite-side multi-baseline InSAR data. IGARSS 2015. Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ( IEEE ), 4085-4088. doi:

Blanchard-Wrigglesworth, E., et al. 2015. Snow cover on Arctic sea ice in observations and an Earth System Model. Geophysical Research Letters 42(23): 10342-10348. doi:

Boghosian, Alexandra, et al. 2015. Resolving bathymetry from airborne gravity along Greenland fjords. Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth 120(12): 8516-8533. doi:

Boisvert, L. N., et al. 2015. Verification of air/surface humidity differences from AIRS and ERA-Interim in support of turbulent flux estimation in the Arctic. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres 120(3): 945-963. doi:

Bradley, Alice C., et al. 2015. Air-Deployed Microbuoy Measurement of Temperatures in the Marginal Ice Zone Upper Ocean during the MIZOPEX Campaign. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 32(5): 1058-1070. doi:

Cochran, James R., Kirsty J. Tinto, and Robin E. Bell. 2015. Abbot Ice Shelf, structure of the Amundsen Sea continental margin and the southern boundary of the Bellingshausen Plate seaward of West Antarctica. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems 16(5): 1421-1438. doi:

Das, Indrani, et al. 2015. Extreme wind-ice interaction over Recovery Ice Stream, East Antarctica. Geophysical Research Letters 42(19): 8064-8071. doi:

de la Peña, S. 2015. Changes in the firn structure of the western Greenland Ice Sheet caused by recent warming. The Cryosphere 9: 1203-1211. doi:

de Paul Onana, V., et al. 2015. A Semiautomated Multilayer Picking Algorithm for Ice-Sheet Radar Echograms Applied to Ground-Based Near-Surface Data. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 53(1): 51-69. doi:

Farrell, Sinéad L., et al. 2015. Sea-ice freeboard retrieval using digital photon-counting laser altimetry. Annals of Glaciology 56(69): 167-174. doi:

Frederick, Bruce Child 2015. Submarine Sedimentary Basin Analyses for the Aurora and Wilkes Subglacial Basins and the Sabrina Coast Continental Shelf, East Antarctica. . Ph. D. University of Texas.

Goldberg, D. N., et al. 2015. Committed retreat of Smith, Pope, and Kohler Glaciers over the next 30 years inferred by transient model calibration. The Cryosphere 9: 2429-2446. doi:

Gray, L., et al. 2015. CryoSat-2 delivers monthly and inter-annual surface elevation change for Arctic ice caps. The Cryosphere 9: 1895-1913. doi:

Harrington, Joel A., Neil F. Humphrey, and Joel T. Harper 2015. Temperature distribution and thermal anomalies along a flowline of the Greenland ice sheet. Annals of Glaciology 56(70): 98-104. doi:

Holland, P. R., et al. 2015. Oceanic and atmospheric forcing of Larsen C Ice-Shelf thinning. The Cryosphere 9(3): 1005-1024. doi:

Holt, Benjamin, et al. 2015. Snow depth on Arctic sea ice derived from radar: In situ comparisons and time series analysis. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans 120(6): 4260-4287. doi:

Howat, I. M., et al. 2015. Brief Communication: Sudden drainage of a subglacial lake beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet. The Cryosphere: 03-108. 9(1). doi:

Huss, Matthias, and Regine Hock. 2015. A new model for global glacier change and sea-level rise. Frontiers in Earth Science 3. Art. #54. doi:

Jamieson, Stewart S. R., et al. 2015. An extensive subglacial lake and canyon system in Princess Elizabeth Land, East Antarctica. Geology 44(2): 87-90. doi:

Kaleschke, L., et al. 2015. Improved retrieval of sea ice thickness from SMOS and CryoSat-2. IGARSS 2015. Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ( IEEE ), 5232-5235. doi:

Kern, S., et al. 2015. The impact of snow depth, snow density and ice density on sea ice thickness retrieval from satellite radar altimetry: results from the ESA-CCI Sea Ice ECV Project Round Robin Exercise. The Cryosphere 9(1): 37-52. doi:

Khazendar, Ala, et al. 2015. The evolving instability of the remnant Larsen B Ice Shelf and its tributary glaciers . Earth and Planetary Letters 419: 199-210. doi:

Kim, Jin-Woo, et al. 2015. Disintegration and acceleration of Thwaites Ice Shelf on the Amundsen Sea revealed from remote sensing measurements. GIScience & Remote Sensing 52(4): 498-509. doi:

Kim, Seung-bum, and Duk-Jin Kim. 2015. Assessment of TanDEM-X interferometry over the marginal region of Antarctic ice sheet. IGARSS 2015. Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ( IEEE ), 2080-2082. doi:

King, Joshua, et al. 2015. Evaluation of Operation IceBridge quick-look snow depth estimates on sea ice. Geophysical Research Letters 42(21): 9302-9310. doi:

Kjeldsen, Kristian K., et al. 2015. Spatial and temporal distribution of mass loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet since AD 1900. Nature 528: 396-400. doi:

Koenig, L. S., et al. 2015. Wintertime storage of water in buried supraglacial lakes across the Greenland Ice Sheet. The Cryosphere 9(4): 1333-1342. doi:

Kwok, R., and C. Haas. 2015. Effects of radar side-lobes on snow depth retrievals from Operation IceBridge. Journal of Glaciology 61(277): 576-584. doi:

Kwok, Ron 2015. Sea ice convergence along the Arctic coasts of Greenland and the Canadian Arctic Archipelago: Variability and extremes (1992–2014). Geophysical Research Letters 42(18): 7598-7605. doi:

Larsen, C. F., et al. 2015. Surface melt dominates Alaska glacier mass balance. Geophysical Research Letters 42(14): 5902-5908. doi:

Lecomte, Olivier, et al. 2015. Interactions between wind-blown snow redistribution and melt ponds in a coupled ocean–sea ice model. Ocean Modelling 87: 67-80. doi:

Lewis, Cameron Scott. 2015. Ice Shelf Melt Rates and 3D Imaging. . Ph. D. U. of Kansas.

Lewis, Cameron, et al. 2015. Airborne fine-resolution UHF radar: an approach to the study of englacial reflections, firn compaction and ice attenuation rates. Journal of Glaciology 61(225): 89-100. doi:

Li, Xin, et al. 2015. Grounding line retreat of Totten Glacier, East Antarctica, 1996 to 2013. Geophysical Research Letters 42(19): 8049-8056. doi:

Lindbäck, K., and R. Pettersson 2015. Spectral roughness and glacial erosion of a land-terminating section of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Geomorphology 238: 149-159. doi:

Lindsay, R., and A. Scheiger 2015. Arctic sea ice thickness loss determined using subsurface, aircraft, and satellite observations. The Cryosphere 9: 269-283. doi:

Liu, Yan, et al. 2015. Ocean-driven thinning enhances iceberg calving and retreat of Antarctic ice shelve. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America: 3263-3268. doi:

Liu, Yinghui, et al. 2015. Validation of the Suomi NPP VIIRS Ice Surface Temperature Environmental Data Record. Remote Sensing 7(12): 17258-17271. doi:

Maheshwari, Megha, et al. 2015. Estimation of Sea Ice Freeboard from SARAL/AltiKa Data. Marine Geodesy 38(Supp1): 487-496. doi:

Meierbachtol, Toby W., et al. 2015. Thermal boundary conditions on western Greenland: Observational constraints and impacts on the modeled thermomechanical state. Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface 120(3): 623-636. doi:

Moon, Twila, Ian Joughin, and Ben Smith. 2015. Seasonal to multiyear variability of glacier surface velocity, terminus position, and sea ice/ice mélange in northwest Greenland. Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface 120(5): 818-833. doi:

Noh, Myoung-Jong, and Ian M. Howat 2015. Automated stereo-photogrammetric DEM generation at high latitudes: Surface Extraction with TIN-based Search-space Minimization (SETSM) validation and demonstration over glaciated regions. GIScience & Remote Sensing 52(2): 198-217. doi:

Panton, Christian 2015. Tracing Internal Radar Layers in the Greenland Ice Sheet. . Ph. D. Ph. D. University of Copenhagen.

Patel, A., et al. 2015. Fine-Resolution Radar Altimeter Measurements on Land and Sea Ice. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 112(11): 2547-2564. doi:

Patton, Henry, et al. 2015. Automated mapping of glacial overdeepenings beneath contemporary ice sheets: Approaches and potential applications. Geomorphology 232: 209-223. doi:

Rosenau, R., M. Scheinert, and R. Dietrich. 2015. A processing system to monitor Greenland outlet glacier velocity variations at decadal and seasonal time scales utilizing the Landsat imagery. Remote Sensing of Environment 169: 1-19. doi:

Schlegel, N.-J., et al. 2015. Ice discharge uncertainties in Northeast Greenland from boundary conditions and climate forcing of an ice flow model. Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface 120(1): 29-54. doi:

Seehaus, Thorsten, et al. 2015. Changes in ice dynamics, elevation and mass discharge of Dinsmoor–Bombardier–Edgeworth glacier system, Antarctic Peninsula. Earth and Planetary Letters 427: 125-135. doi:

Simonsen, Sebastian B., et al. 2015. Reconciled freshwater flux into the Godthåbsfjord system from satellite and airborne remote sensing. International Journal of Remote Sensing 36(1): 361-374. doi:

Tilling, Rachel L., et al. 2015. Increased Arctic sea ice volume after anomalously low melting in 2013. Nature Geoscience 8: 643-646. doi:

Tinto, Kirsty J., et al. 2015. Bathymetry in Petermann fjord from Operation IceBridge aerogravity. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 422: 58-66. doi:

Waechter, Alexandra, Luke Copland, and Emilie Herdes. 2015. Modern glacier velocities across the Icefield Ranges, St Elias Mountains, and variability at selected glaciers from 1959 to 2012. Journal of Glaciology 61(228): 624-634. doi:

Webster, Melinda A., et al. 2015. Seasonal evolution of melt ponds on Arctic sea ice. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans 120(9): 5968-5982. doi:

Wouters, B., et al. 2015. Dynamic thinning of glaciers on the Southern Antarctic Peninsula. Science 348(6237): 899-903. doi:

Yi, Donghui, et al. 2015. Arctic Sea Ice Freeboard Retrieval With Waveform Characteristics for NASA's Airborne Topographic Mapper (ATM) and Land, Vegetation, and Ice Sensor (LVIS). IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 53(3): 1403-1410. doi:

Young, Duncan A., et al. 2015. Land-ice elevation changes from photon-counting swath altimetry: first applications over the Antarctic ice sheet. Journal of Glaciology 61(225): 17-28. doi:


Aitken, A. R. A., et al. 2014. The Subglacial Geology of Wilkes Land, East Antarctica. Geophysical Research Letters 41(7): 2390-2400. doi:

Bell, Robin E., et al. 2014. Deformation, Warming and Softening of Greenland's Ice by Refreezing Meltwater. Nature Geoscience 7(7): 497-502. doi:

Cochran, J. R., et al. 2014. Bathymetric and Oceanic Dontrols on Abbot Ice Shelf Thickness and Stability. Cryosphere 8: 877-889. doi:

Cook, S., et al. 2014. Modelling Environmental Influences on Calving at Helheim Glacier in Eastern Greenland. Cryosphere 8: 827-841. doi:

Csatho, B., et al. 2014. Laser altimetry reveals complex pattern of Greenland Ice Sheet dynamics. PNAS 111(52): 18478-18483. doi:

Farinotti, Daniel, et al. 2014. The Bedrock Topography of Starbuck Glacier, Antarctic Peninsula, As Determined by Radio-echo Soundings and Flow Modeling. Annals of Glaciology 55(67): 22-28. doi:

Floricioiu, D., W. A. Jaber, and K. Jezek. 2014. TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X observations of the Recovery Glacier system, Antarctica. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2014 IEEE International: 4852-4855. doi:

Groh, A., et al. 2014. Mass, Volume and Velocity of the Antarctic Ice Sheet: Present-Day Changes and Error Effects. Surveys in Geophysics. doi:

Herzfeld, U. C., et al. 2014. The Trough-System Algrithm and Its Application to Spatial Modeling of Greenland Subglacial Topography. Annals of Glaciology 55(67): 115-126. doi:

Khan, Shfaqat A., et al. 2014. Sustained Mass Loss of the Northeast Greenland Ice Sheet Triggered by Regional Warming. Nature Climate Change 4(4): 292-299. doi:

Koenig, Lora S., et al. 2014. Initial In Situ Measurements of Perennial Meltwater Storage in the Greenland Firn Aquifer. Geophysical Research Letters 41(1): 81-85. doi:

Kurtz, N. T., N. Galin, and M. Studinger. 2014. An improved CryoSat-2 Sea Ice Freeboard Retrieval Algorithm through the Use of Waveform Fitting. Cryosphere 8: 1217-1237. doi:

Kwok, Ron, et al. 2014. Profiling Sea Ice with a Multiple Altimeter Beam Experimental Lidar (MABEL). Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 31(5): 1151-1168. doi:

Liu, Yinghui, and Jeffrey R. Key. 2014. Less Winter Cloud Aids Summer 2013 Arctic Sea Ice Return from 2012 Minimum. Environmental Research Letters 9(4). Art. #044002. doi:

McMillan, Malcolm, et al. 2014. Increased Ice Losses from Antarctica Detected by CryoSat-2. Geophysical Research Letters 41(11): 3899-3905. doi:

Mouginot, M., et al. 2014. Low-frequency Radar Sounding of Ice in East Antarctica and Southern Greenland. Annals of Glaciology 55(67): 138-146. doi:

Munchow, Andreas, Laurie Padman, and Helen A. Fricker. 2014. Interannual Changes of the Floating Ice Shelf of Petermann Gletscher, North Greenland, from 2000 to 2012. Journal of Glaciology 60(221): 489-499. doi:

Newman T., S. L. Farrell, J. Richter-Menge, B. Elder, L. Connor, N. Kurtz and D. McAdoo. 2014. Assessment of Radar-derived Snow Depth Measurements over Arctic sea ice. J. Geophys. Res. 119(12): 8578-8602. doi:

Panton, Christian. 2014. Automated Mapping of Local Layer Slope and Tracing of Internal Layers in Radio Echograms. Annals of Glaciology 55(67): 71-77. doi:

Porter, David F., et al. 2014. Bathymetric Control of Tidewater Glacier Mass Loss in Northwest Greenland. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 401: 40-46. doi:

Prost, Gary L. 2014. Remote Sensing for Geoscientists : Image Analysis and Integration. Boca Raton: CRC Press.

Schwabe, Joachim, and Mirko Scheinert. 2014. Regional Geoid of the Weddell Sea, Antarctica, from Heterogeneous Ground-based Gravity Data. Journal of Geodesy: 88. doi:

Sutterly, Tyler C., et al. 2014. Evaluating Greenland Glacial Isostatic Adjustment Corrections using GRACE, Altimetry and Surface Mass Balance Data. Environmental Research Letters 9(1). Art. #014004. doi:

Webster, M. A., I. G. Rigor, S. V. Nghiem, N. T. Kurtz, S. L. Farrell, D. K. Perovich and M. Sturm. 2014. Interdecadal Changes in Snow Depth on Arctic Sea Ice. J. Geophys Res. 119(8): 5395-5406. doi:


Bamber, J. L., et al. 2013. A New Bed Elevation Dataset for Greenland. The Cryosphere 7(2): 499-510. doi:

Beckers, Justin, et al. 2013. Characteristics of CRYOSAT-2 Signals Over Multi-Year and Seasonal Sea Ice. 2013 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS): 220-223. doi:

Beitler, Jane. 2013. Signs of Snow. Sensing Our Planet: NASA Earth Science Research Features 2013: 22-25. Boulder: National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Bezeau, Peter, et al. 2013. Firn Profile Changes in Response to Extreme 21st-century Melting at Devon Ice Cap, Nunavut, Canada. Journal of Glaciology 59(217): 981-991. doi:

Borstad, C. P., E. Rignot, J. Mouginot, and M. P. Schodlok. 2013. Creep Deformation and Buttressing Capacity of Damaged Ice Shelves: Theory and Application to Larsen C Ice Shelf. The Cryosphere 7: 1931-1947. doi:

Brucker, L., and T. Markus. 2013. Arctic-scale Assessment of Satellite Passive Microwave-derived Snow Depth on Sea Ice Using Operation IceBridge Airborne Data. Journal of Geophysical Research Oceans 118: 2892–2905. doi: