Lora Koenig

Senior Research Scientist

PhD, Geophysics, University of Washington, 2008
M.S, Geography, University of Utah, 2002
B.A, Cum Laude, Mathematics, Linfield College, 1999

Remote sensing of ice sheets and seasonal snow, surface mass balance of the Greenland and Antarcitc ice sheets, patterns of snow accumulation on ice sheets, englacial water and firn aquifers.



  • 2017 Collected radar data over Langjokull, Iceland
  • 2015 Led Greenland Aquifer drilling team in Southeast Greenland
  • 2015 Participated in WISM flights for snow water equivalent in Grand Junction, CO
  • 2013 Co-lead for GROVER robot testing at Summit Station, Greenland
  • 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




Montgomery, L., L. Koenig, and P. Alexander. 2018. The SUMup dataset: compiled measurements of surface mass balance components over ice sheets and sea ice with analysis over Greenland. Earth System Science Data 10: 1,959-1,985. doi:10.5194/essd-10-1959-2018.

Thompson, J.A., and L. Koenig. 2018. Vegetation phenology in Greenland and links to cryospheric change. Annals of Glaciology doi:10.1017/aog.2018.24.


Koenig, L., B. Vaughn, and J. Dibb. 2017. Envisioning and sustaining science at Summit Station, Greenland. Eos 98. doi:10.1029/2017EO082095.

Miège, C., R. R. Forster, L. Brucker, L. S. Koenig, D. K. Solomon, J. D. Paden, J. E. Box, E. W. Burgess, J. Z. Miller, L. McNerney, N. Brautigam, R. S. Fausto, and S. Gogineni. 2017. Spatial extent and temporal variability of the Greenland firn aquifer detected by ground and airborne radars. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface doi:10.1002/2016JF003869.

Miller, O., K. Solomon, C.Miege, L. Koenig, R. Forster, L. Montgomery, N. Schmerr, and A. Legchenko. 2017. Hydraulic conductivity of a firn aquifer in southeast Greenland determined with a heated piezometer. Frontiers in Earth Science doi:10.3389/feart.2017.00038.

Montgomery, L., N. Schmerr, S. Burdick, R. Forster, L. Koenig, A. Legchenko, S. Ligtenberg, C. Miège and O. Miller, and K. Solomon. 2017. Investigation of Firn Aquifer Structure in Southeastern Greenland using Active Source Seismology. Frontiers in Earth Science doi:10.3389/feart.2017.00010.

Moustafa, S. E., A. K. Rennermalm, M. O. Roman, Z. S. Wang, C. B. Schaaf, L. C. Smith, L. S. Koenig, and A. Erb. 2017. Evaluation of satellite remote sensing albedo retrievals over the ablation area of the southwestern Greenland ice sheet. Remote Sensing of the Environment 198: 115-125. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2017.05.030.

Steger, C. R., C. Reijmer, M. R. Van Den Broeke, N. Wever, R. Forster, L. S. Koenig, P. Kuipers Munneke, M. Lehning, S. Lhermitte, S. R. M. Ligtenberg, C. Miège, and B. P. Y. Noel. 2017. Firn Meltwater retention in the Greenland Ice Sheet: A model Comparison. Frontiers in Earth Science doi:10.3389/feart.2017.00003.


Cullather, R. I., S. Nowicki, B. Zhao and L. S. Koenig. 2016. A characterization of Greenland Ice Sheet surface melt and runoff in contemporary reanalyses and a regional climate model. Frontiers in Earth Science 4(10). doi:10.3389/feart.2016.00010.

Koenig, L., C. Hulbe, R. Bell, and D. Lampkin. 2016. Gender diversity in cryosphere science and awards. Eos 97. doi:10.1029/2016EO049577.

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.


Das, I., T. A. Scambos, L. S. Koenig, M. R. van den Broeke, and J. T.M. Lenaerts. 2015. Extreme wind-ice interaction over Recovery Ice Stream, East Antarctica. Geophysical Research Letters 42. doi:10.1002/2015GL065544.

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.

Koenig, L. S., R. Forster, L. Brucker ,and J. Miller. 2015. Remote sensing of accumulation over the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. In Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere. Ed. M. Tedesco, p. 157-186. Hoboken: Wiley & Sons, LTD. doi:10.1002/9781118368909.

Moustafa, S. E., A. K. Rennermalm, L. C. Smith, M. A. Miller, J. R. Mioduszewski, L. S. Koenig, M. G. Hom, and C. A. Shuman. 2015. Multi-modal albedo distributions in the ablation area of the southwestern Greenland Ice Sheet. The Cryosphere 9: 905-923. doi:10.5194/tc-9-905-2015.

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., E. P. Dinnat, 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): 4,205-4,216. 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, and 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, and E. Deeb. 2003. Measurements of glacier geophysical properties from InSAR wrapped phase. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing 41(11): 2,595-2,604.