Ted Scambos

Senior Research Scientist, Earth Science Observation Center, CIRES


PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1991


Glaciology; remote sensing of the poles; climate change effects on the cryosphere; Antarctic history; geochemistry; and planetary science


  • Early 2016: Scambos revisited the area of the former Larsen B Ice Shelf to collect data on the remnant piece of ice using GPS, radar systems, cameras, seismometers, and microphones (infrasound).
  • January 2016: Ph.D. student Karen Alley and Scambos published research on the erosion of Antarctic ice shelves by warm ocean water.
  • October 2014: Scambos and coauthors published research on ice loss from the northern Antarctic Peninsula.
  • June 2014: Scambos was selected by National Academy of Sciences as a panel member tasked with identifying strategic science objectives for NSF's Antarctic research program for the coming decades.
  • October 2012: Scambos was selected by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as a member of the Landsat Science Team. Scambos will serve from 2012 to 2017 and will provide technical and scientific input on issues vital to the study of the cryosphere.
  • August 2012: Scambos and colleagues published research on the effect of persistent winds on the East Antarctic Plateau on snow accumulation there, indicating that snow mass input to the continent is significantly less than had been estimated previously.
  • Fall 2009, 2010, and 2012: Scambos participated in the Larsen Ice Shelf System, Antarctica (LARISSA) Project field programs, using aircraft and icebreakers to measure recent changes in the regions affected by recent ice shelf disintegrations. He and his colleagues installed and maintained equipment designed to extend measurements year-round. They hope to gain insight into the factors that lead to ice shelf collapse, and better understand the environmental impact of such break-up events. The team reported the expedition's progress through a blog, On Thin Ice. For more information, read the press release, Effects of climate change on Antarctic Peninsula to be investigated during IPY.
  • Winter 2009: Scambos completed a traverse from Troll Station near the Dronning Maud Land coast in Antarctica to the South Pole as part of the Norwegian-American Scientific Traverse of East Antarctica.
  • February 2009: Scambos co-authored new research on the 2008 collapse of a section of the Wilkins Ice Shelf.
  • October 2007: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was named to receive the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, along with former Vice President Al Gore. Scambos contributed to the most recent IPCC report, Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis.
  • October 2007: Briefed former Vice President Al Gore on ice sheets
  • September 2007: Reported on 2007 record Arctic sea ice loss and its global significance: collaborated on an analysis of the factors contributing to the extreme ice losses in 2007 with M. Serreze, J. Maslanik, M. Holland, W. Meier, and J. Stroeve.
  • February 2007: Scambos collaborated with Scripps Institute of Oceanography researcher Dr. Helen Fricker to show that ICESat altimetery and satellite data indicated movement of substantial volumes of water beneath the Antarctic ice sheet.
  • February 2007: Scambos collaborated with NSIDC/University of Washington researcher Dr. Ian Howat to show that partial recovery and slowdown can follow glacier acceleration in Greenland
  • January-April 2006: Participated in the 2006 IceTrek expedition, which involved landing on an Antarctic iceberg to set up observational instruments for detecting changes as the iceberg drifts north and begins to melt. The work was in collaboration with the Argentine national Antarctic research program.
  • Co-developed preliminary AMIGOS (Automated Met-Ice-Geophysics Observing System) for field work on icebergs in 2006 with R. Ross, T. Haran, R. Bauer. The AMIGOS station concept is an automated in situ observing system for weather, surface processes, ice motion, ice thickness, tilt and acceleration, and surface firn temperature that uses a satellite communication system (Iridium) to uplink data and pictures.


  • Mapping Antarctic ice flow using Landsat 8 and earlier Landsat satellites and evaluating changes in Antarctic ice flux to the ocean.
  • Investigating megadunes, large-scale wind-ripple features, in the East Antarctic Plateau and their possible effects on ice core chemistry
  • Evaluating the ability of images and laser altimetry to detect water movement beneath the ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland. Image analysis includes a new technique based on image differencing.
  • Understanding the processes that lead to rapid ice-shelf retreat by studying the similar melting processes of drifting icebergs.
  • Combining laser altimetry data from MODIS/ICESat with high-resolution images to create improved digital elevation models of the ice sheets.


Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Member, International Glaciology Society (IGS)

Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

NSIDC Liaison, ICESat Science Team

Science Editor, Journal of Glaciology



Alley, K. E., T. A. Scambos, R. S. Anderson, H. Rajaram, A. Pope, and T. M. Haran. 2018. Continent-wide estimates of Antarctic strain rates from Landsat 8-derived velocity grids. Journal of Glaciology 64(244): 321-332, doi:10.1017/jog.2018.23.

Alley, K. E., T. A. Scambos, J. Z. Miller, D. G. Long, and M. MacFerrin. 2018. Quantifying vulnerability of Antarctic ice shelves to hydrofracture using microwave scattering properties. Remote Sensing of Environment 210(1): 297-306, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2018.03.025.

Cross, M. D., T. A. Scambos, F. Pacifici, and W. E. Marshall. 2018. Validating the use of metre-scale multi-spectral satellite image data for identifying tropical forest tree species. International Journal of Remote Sensing 39(11), doi:10.1080/1431161.2018.1448482.

IMBIE Team. 2018. Mass balance of the Antarctic Ice Sheet from 1992 to 2017. Nature 558: 219–222. doi:10.1038/s41586-018-0179-y.

Massom, R. A., T. A. Scambos, L. G. Bennetts, P. Reid, V. A. Squire, and S. E. Stammerjohn. 2018. Antarctic ice shelf disintegration triggered by sea ice loss and ocean swell. Nature 558: 383-389. doi:10.1038/s41586-018-0212-1.

Scambos, T. A., G. G. Campbell, A. Pope, T. Haran, A. Muto, M. Lazzara, C. H. Reijmer, and M.R. van den Broeke. 2018. Ultralow surface temperatures in East Antarctica from satellite thermal infrared mapping: The coldest places on Earth. Geophysical Research Letters 45(12): 6,124-6,133, doi:10.1029/2018GL078133.


Ball, J. S., A. F. Sheehan, and T. Scambos. 2017. Remote detection of cryoacoustic signals using noise interferometry of seafloor pressure data. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 141. doi:10.1121/1.4989358.

Blunden, J. and D. S. Arndt, eds. (with co-authors including T. A. Scambos). 2017. State of the Climate in 2016. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 98(8), Si-S277. doi:10.1175/2017BAMSStateoftheClimate.1.

Fountain, A. G., B. Glenn, and T. A. Scambos. 2017. The changing extent of the glaciers along the western Ross Sea, Antarctica. Geology 45(10): 927-930. doi:10.1130/G39240.1.

LeDoux, C. M., C. L. Hulbe, M. P. Forbes, T. A Scambos, and K. Alley. 2017. Structural provinces of the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica. Annals of Glaciology. doi:10.1017/aog.2017.24.

Scambos, T. A., R. E. Bell, R. B. Alley, et al. 2017. How much, how fast?: A science review and outlook for research on the instability of Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier in the 21st century. Global and Planetary Change 153: 16-34. doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2017.04.008.


Alley, K. E., T. A. Scambos, M. R. Siegfried, and H. A. Fricker. 2016. Impacts of warm water on Antarctic ice shelf stability through basal channel formation. Nature Geoscience 9(4): 290-293. doi:10.1038/ngeo2675.

Fahnestock, M., T. Scambos, T. Moon, A. Gardner, T. Haran, and M. Klinger. 2016. Rapid large-area mapping of ice flow using Landsat 8. Remote Sensing of Environment 185: 84-94. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2015.11.023.

Fricker, H. A., M. R. Siegfried, S. P. Carter, and T. A. Scambos. 2016. A decade of progress in observing and modelling Antarctic subglacial water systems. Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society A 374(2059). doi:10.1098/rsta.2014.0294.

Hulbe, C. L., T. A. Scambos, M. Klinger, and M. A. Fahnestock. 2016. Flow variability and ongoing margin shifts on Bindschadler and MacAyeal Ice Streams, West Antarctica. Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surfaces 121(2): 283-293. doi:10.1002/2015JF003670.

Joughin, I., B. E. Smith, I. M. Howat, T. Moon, and T. A. Scambos. 2016. A SAR record of early 21st century change in Greenland. Journal of Glaciology 62(231): 62-71. doi:10.1017/jog.2016.10.

Kim, B. H., C. K. Lee, K. W. Seo, W. S. Lee, and T. Scambos. 2016. Active subglacial lakes and channelized water flow beneath the Kamb Ice Stream. The Cryosphere 10(6): 2,971-2,980. doi:10.5194/tc-10-2971-2016.

Moussavi, M. S., W. Abdalati, A. Pope, T. Scambos, M. MacFerrin, and S. Grigsby. 2016. Derivation and validation of supraglacial lake volumes on the Greenland Ice Sheet from high-resolution satellite imagery. Remote Sensing of the Environment 183: 294-303. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2016.05.024.

Pope, A., T. A. Scambos, M. Moussavi, M. Tedesco, M. Willis, D. Shean, and S. Grigsby. 2016. Estimating supraglacial lake depth in West Greenland using Landsat 8 and comparison with other multispectral methods. The Cryosphere 10(1): 15-27. doi:10.5194/tc-10-15-2016.

van Wessem, J. M., S. R. M. Ligtenberg, C. H. Reijmer, W. J. van de Berg, M. R. van den Broeke, N. E. Barrand, E. R. Thomas, J. Turner, J. Wuite, T. A. Scambos, and E. van Meijgaard. 2016. The modelled surface mass balance of the Antarctic Peninsula at 5.5km horizontal resolution. The Cryosphere 10(1) 271-285. doi:10.5194/tc-10-271-2016.


Lavoie, C., E. W. Domack, E. C. Pettit, T. A. Scambos, R. D. Larter, H. W. Schenke, K. C. Yoo, J. Gutt, J. Wellner, M. Canals, J. B. Anderson, and D. Amblas. 2015. Configuration of the Northern Antarctic Peninsula Ice Sheet at LGM based on a new synthesis of seabed imagery. The Cryosphere 9: 613-629, doi:10.5194/tc-9-613-2015.

Seo, K. W., D. E. Waliser, C. K. Lee, B. J. Tian, T. Scambos, B. M. Kim, J. H. van Angelen, and M. R. van den Broeke. 2015. Accelerated mass loss from Greenland ice sheet: Links to atmospheric circulation in the North Atlantic. Global and Planetary Change 128: 61-71, doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2015.02.006.


Guglielmin, J. Gutt, S. Jacobs, M. C. Kennicutt, V. Masson-Delmotte, P. Mayewski, F. Navarro, S. Robinson, T. Scambos, M. Sparrow, C. Summerhayes, K. Speer, and A. Klepikov. 2014. Antarctic climate change and the environment: an update. Polar Record 50(3): 237-259, doi: 10.1017/S0032247413000296.

Scambos, T.A., E. Berthier, T. Haran, C.A. Shuman, A.J. Cook, S.R.M. Ligtenberg, and J. Bohlander. 2014. Detailed ice loss pattern in the northern Antarctic Peninsula: widespread decline driven by ice front retreats. The Cryosphere 8: 2135-2145.

Hui, F. M., T. Y. Ci, X. Cheng, T. A. Scambos, Y. Liu, Y. M. Zhang, Z. H. Chi, H. B. Huang, X. W. Wang, F. Wang, C. Zha, Z. Y. Jin, and K. Wang. 2014. Mapping blue-ice areas in Antarctica using ETM plus and MODIS data. Annals of Glaciology 55(66): 129-137, doi:10.3189/2014AoG66A069.

Ligtenberg, S. R. M., J. T. M. Lenaerts, M. R. van den Broeke, and T. A. Scambos. 2014. On the formation of blue ice on Byrd Glacier, Antarctica. Journal of Glaciology 60(219): 41-50, doi:10.3189/2014JoG13J116.

McGrath, D., K. Steffen, P. R. Holland, T. Scambos, H. Rajaram, W. Abdalati, and E. Rignot. 2014. The structure and effect of suture zones in the Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctica. Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface 119(3): 588-602, doi:10.1002/2013JF002935.

Moussavi, M. S., W. Abdalati, T. Scambos, and A. Neuenschwander. 2014. Applicability of an automatic surface detection approach to micropulse photon-counting lidar altimetry data: implications for canopy height retrieval from future ICESat-2 data. International Journal of Remote Sensing 35(13): 5,263-5,279, doi:10.1080/01431161.2014.939780.

Nield, G. A., V. R. Barletta, A. Bordoni, M. A. King, P. L. Whitehouse, P. J. Clarke, E. Domack, T. A. Scambos, and E. Berthier. 2014. Rapid bedrock uplift in the Antarctic Peninsula explained by viscoelastic response to recent ice unloading. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 397: 32-41, doi:10.1016/j.eps1.2014.04.019.

Rebesco, M., E. Domack, F. Zgur, C. Lavoie, A. Leventer, S. Brachfeld, V. Willmott, G. Halverson, M. Truffer, T. Scambos, J. Smith, and E. Pettit. 2014. Boundary condition of grounding lines prior to collapse, Larsen-B Ice Shelf, Antarctica. Science 345(6202): 1,354-1,358, doi:10.1126/science.1256697.

Rees, G., R. Headland, T. Scambos, and T. Haran. 2014. Finding the Arctic pole of inaccessibility. Polar Record 50(1): 86-91, doi:10.1017/S003224741300051X.

Roy, D. P., M. A. Wulder, et al. (including T. Scambos). 2014. Landsat-8: Science and product vision for terrestrial global change research. Remote Sensing of the Environment 145: 154-172, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2014.02.001.

Siegfried, M. R., H. A. Fricker, M. Roberts, T. A. Scambos, and S. Tulaczyk. 2014. A decade of West Antarctic subglacial lake interactions from combined ICESat and CryoSat-2altimetry. Geophysical Research Letters 41(3): 891-898, doi:10.1002/2013GL058616.


Das, I., R.E. Bell, T. A. Scambos, M. Wolovick, T. T. Creyts, M. Studinger, N. Fearson, J. P. Nicolas, J. T. M. Lenaerts, and M. R. van den Broeke. 2013. Influence of persistent wind scour on the surface mass balance of Antarctica. Nature Geoscience 6: 367-371, doi:10.1038/ngeo1766.

Dixon, D. A., P. A. Mayewski, E. Korotkikh, S. B. Sneed, M. J. Handley, D. S. Introne, and T. A. Scambos. 2013. Variations in snow and firn chemistry along US ITASE traverses and the effect of surface glazing. The Cryosphere 7: 515-535, doi:10.5194/tc-7-515-2013.

Hulbe, C. L., T. A. Scambos, C. K. Lee, J. Bohlander, and T. Haran. 2013. Recent changes in the flow of the Ross Ice Shelf, West Antarctica. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 376: 54-62, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2013.06.013.

Kawamura, K., J. P. Severinghaus, M. R. Albert, Z. R. Courville, M. A. Fahnestock, T. Scambos, E. Shield, and C. A. Shuman. 2013. Kinetic fractionation of gases by deep air convection in polar firn. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 13: 7,021-7,059, doi:10.5194/acpd-13-7021-2013.

John Turner, N. E. Barrand, et al. (including T. Scambos). 2013. Antarctic climate change and the environment: an update. Polar Record, doi:10.1017/S0032247413000296.

Massom, R. A. P. Reid, S. Stammerjohn, S. Barreira, J. Lieser, and T. Scambos. 2013. State of the Climate 2012: [Antarctica] Sea ice extent and concentration. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 94(8): S141-S142.

Rees, G., R. Headland, T. Scambos, and T. Haran. 2013. Finding the Arctic pole of inaccessibility. Polar Record, doi:10.1017/S003224741300051X

Scambos, T. A., R. Ross, T. Haran, R. Bauer, and D.G. Ainley. 2013. Instruments and Methods A camera and multisensor automated station design for polar physical and biological systems monitoring: AMIGOS. Journal of Glaciology 59(214), 303-314, doi:10.3189/2013JoG12J170.

Straneo, F., P. Heimbach, et al. (including T. Scambos). 2013. Challenges to understanding the dynamic response of Greenland's marine terminating glaciers to oceanic and atmospheric forcing. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 94(8): 1,131-1,144, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-12-00100.1.


Blunden, J., D. S. Arndt, K. M. Willett, A. J. Dolman, B. D. Hall, P. W. Thorne, M. C. Gregg, M. L. Newlin, Y. Xue, Z. Hu, A. Kumar, V. Banzon, T. M. Smith, N. A. Rayner, M. O. Jeffries, J. Richter-Menge, J. Overland, U. Bhatt, J. Key, Y. Liu, J. Walsh, M. Wang, R. L. Fogt, T. A. Scambos, A. J. Wovrosh, S. Barreira, R. L. Fogt, T. A. Scambos, A. Sanchez-Lugo, J. A. Renwick, W. M. Thiaw, S. J. Weaver, R. Whitewood, and D. Phillips. 2012. State of the climate in 2011. Special Supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 93(7): S1-S264.

Berthier, E., T. A. Scambos, and C. A. Shuman. 2012. Mass loss of Larsen B tributary glaciers (Antarctic Peninsula) unabated since 2002. Geophysical Research Letters 39, L13501, doi:10.1029/2012GL051755.

Catania, G. C., Hulbe, H. Conway, T. Scambos, and C. Raymond. 2012. Variability in the mass flux of the Ross Sea ice streams, Antarctica, over the last millennium. Journal of Glaciology 58(210): 741-752.

Kargel, J. S., A. .P Ahlstrom, R. B. Alley, J. L. Bamber, T. J. Benham, J. E. Box, C. Chen, P. Christoffersen, M. Citterio, J. G. Cogley, H. Jiskoot, G. J. Leonard, P. Morin, T. Scambos, T. Sheldon, and I. Willis. 2012. Greenland's shrinking ice cover: "fast times" but not that fast. The Cryosphere 6(3): 533-537, doi:10.5194/tc-6-533-2012.

McGrath, D., K. Steffen, H. Rajaram, T. A. Scambos, W. Abdalati, and E. Rignot. 2012. Basal crevasses on the Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctica: Implications for meltwater ponding and hydrofracture. Geophysical Research Letters 39, L16504, doi:10.1029/2012GL052413.

McGrath, D., K. Steffen, T. A. Scambos, H. Rajaram, and J.-L. Rodriguez Lagos. 2012. Basal crevasses and associated surface crevassing on the Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctica, and their role in ice-shelf instability. Annals of Glaciology 58(60): 10-18, doi:10.3189/2012AoG60A005.

Padman, L., D. P. Costa, M. S. Dinniman, H. A. Fricker, M. E. Goebel, L. A. Huckstadt, A. Humbert, I. Joughin, J. T. M. Lenaerts, S. R. M. Ligtenberg, T. Scambos, and M. R. van den Broeke. 2012. Oceanic controls on the mass balance of Wilkins Ice Shelf, Antarctica. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans 117, C01010, doi:10.1029/2011JC007301.

Scambos, T. A., M. Frezzotti, T. Haran, J. Bohlander, J. T. M. Lenaerts, M. R. Van Den Broeke, K. Jezek, D. Long, S. Urbini, K. Farness, T. Neumann, M. Albert, J.-G. Winther. 2012. Extent of low-accumulation 'wind glaze' areas on the East Antarctic plateau: implications for continental ice mas balance. Journal of Glaciology 58(210): 633-647.

Zagorodnov, V., O. Nagornov, T. A. Scambos, A. Muto, E. Mosley-Thompson, E. C. Pettit, and S. Tyuflin. 2012. Borehole temperatures reveal details of 20th century warming at Bruce Plateau, Antarctic Peninsula. The Cryosphere 6 (3) 675-686, doi:10.5194/tc-6-675-2012.


Dixon, D. P. A. Mayewski, E. Kokorish, S. B. Sneed, M. J. Handley, D. J. Krone, and T. A. Scambos. 2011. A spatial framework for assessing current conditions and monitoring future change in teh chemistry of the Antarctic atmosphere. The Cryosphere Discusions 5 885, doi:10.5194/tcd-5-885-2011.

Glasser, N. F., T. A. Scambos, J. Bohlander, M. Truffer, E. Pettit and B. J. Davies. 2011. From ice-shelf tributary to tidewater glacier: continued rapid recession, acceleration and thinning of Rohss Glacier following the 1995 collapse of the Prince Gustav Ice Shelf, Antarctic Peninsula. Journal of Glaciology 57(203): 397-406, doi:10.3189/002214311796905578.

Langley, K., J. Kohler, K. Matsuoka, A. Sinisalo, T. Scambos, T. Neumann, A. Muto, J. G. Winther, and M. Albert. 2011. Recovery Lakes, East Antarctica: Radar assessment of sub-glacial water extent. Geophysical Research Letters 38, L05501, doi:10.1029/2010GL046094.

Muto, A., T. A. Scambos, K. Steffen, A. G. Slater, and G. .D Clow. 2011. Recent surface temperature trends in the interior of East Antarctica from borehole firn temperature measurements and geophysical inverse methods. Geophyical Research Letters 38, L15502, doi:10.1029/2011GL048086.

Scambos, T. 2011. Earth's ice: Sea level, climate, and our future commitment. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 67 (1) 28-40, doi:10.1177/0096340210392965.

Scambos, T. A., E. Berthier, and C. A. Shuman. 2011. The triggering of subglacial lake drainage during rapid glacier drawdown: Crane Glacier, Antarctic Peninsula. Annals of Glaciology 52(59): 74-82.

Shuman, C. A., E. Berthier, and T. A. Scambos. 2011. 2001-2009 elevation and mass losses in the Larsen A and B embayments, Antarctic Peninsula. Journal of Glaciology 57(204): 737-754.


Bindschadler, R. A., T. A. Scambos, H. Choi, and T. M. Haran. 2010. Ice sheet change detection by satellite image differencing. Remote Sensing of the Environment 114 (7): 1,353-1,362, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2010.01.014.

Brunt, K. M., H. A. Fricker, L. Padman, T. A. Scambos, and S. O'Neel. 2010. Mapping the grounding zone of the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica, using ICESat laser altimetry. Annals of Glaciology 51(55): 71-79.

Fricker, H. A., T. A. Scambos, S. Carter, C. Davis, T. Haran, and I. Joughin. 2010. Synthesizing multiple remote sensing techniques for subglacial hydrologic mapping: application to a lake system beneath MacAyeal Ice Stream, West Antarctica. Journal of Glaciology 56 (196): 187-199.

Haugen, B. D., T. A. Scambos, W. T. Pfeffer, and R. S. Anderson. 2010. Twentieth-century changes in the thickness and extent of Arapaho Glacier, Front Range, Colorado. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 42(2): 198-209, doi:10.1657/1938-4246-42.2.198z.

Joughin, I., B. E. Smith, I. M. Howat, T. Scambos, and T. Moon. 2010. Greenland flow variability from ice-sheet-wide velocity mapping. Journal of Glaciology 56(197): 415-430.

Martin, S., R. Drucker, R. Aster, F. Davey, E. Okal, T. Scambos, and D. MacAyeal. 2010. Kinematic and seismic analysis of the breakup of giant tabular icebergs at Cape Adare, Antarctica. Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth 115, B06311, doi:10.1029/2009JB006700.

Severinghaus, J., M. Albert, Z. Courville, M. Fahnestock, K. Kawamura, S. Montzka, J. Muhle, T. Scambos, E. Sheilds, C. Shuman, M. Suwa, P. Tans, and R. Weiss. 2010. Deep air convection in the firn at a zero-accumulation site, central Antarctica. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 293: 359-367, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2010.03.003.


Fricker, H. A., and T. Scambos. 2009. Connected subglacial lake activity on lower Mercer and Whillans Ice Streams, West Antarctica, 2003-2008. Journal of Glaciology 55(190): 303-315.

Fricker, H. A., R. Coleman, L. Padman, T. A. Scambos, J. Bohlander, and K. M. Brunt. 2009. Mapping the grounding zone of the Amery Ice Shelf, East Antarctica using InSAR, MODIS and ICESat. Antarctic Science 21(5): 515-532, doi:10.1017/S095410200999023X.

Glasser, N. F., B. Kulessa, A. Luckman, D. Jansen, E. C. King, P. R. Sammonds, T. A. Scambos, and K. C. Jezek. 2009. Surface structure and stability of the Larsen C ice shelf, Antarctic Peninsula. Journal of Glaciology 55(191): 400-410.

Scambos, T. A. 2009. Ice Shelves. In Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment 2007-2008: A contribution to the International Polar Year, edited by J. Turner et al., 248-252. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research.

Scambos, T., H. A. Fricker, Cheng-Chien Liu, J. Bohlander, J. Fastook, A. Sargent, R. Massom, and An-Ming Wu. 2009. Ice shelf disintegration by plate bending and hydro-fracture: Satellite observations and model results of the 2008 Wilkins ice shelf break-ups. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 280(1-4): 51-60, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2008.12.027.


Glasser, N. F., and Scambos, T. A. 2008. A structural glaciological analysis of the 2002 Larsen B ice shelf collapse. Journal of Glaciology 54(184): 3-16, doi:10.3189/002214308784409017.

Howat, I., I. Joughin, M. Fahnestock, B. Smith, and T. Scambos. 2008. Synchronous retreat and acceleration of southeast Greenland outlet glaciers 2000-2006: Ice dynamics and coupling to climate. Journal of Glaciology 54(187): 646-660, doi:10.3189/002214308784409017.

Howat, I. M., B. E. Smith, I. Joughin, and T. A. Scambos. 2008. Rates of southeast Greenland ice volume loss from combined ICESat and ASTER observations. Geophysical Research Letters 35, L17505, doi:10.1029/2008GL034496.

Hulbe, C., T. A. Scambos, T. Youngberg, and A. K. Lamb. 2008. Patterns of glacier response to disintegration of the Larsen B Ice Shelf, Antarctic Peninsula. Earth and Planetary Change 63(1): 1-8, doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2008.04.001.

Lazzara, M. A., K. C. Jezek, T. A. Scambos, D. R. MacAyeal, and C. J. Van Der Veen. 2008. On the recent calving of icebergs from the Ross ice shelf. Polar Geography 31(1-2): 15-26. doi:10.1080/10889370802175937.

Massom, R. A., S. E. Stammerjohn, W. Lefebvre, S. A. Harangozo, N. Adams, T. A. Scambos, M. J. Pook, and C. Fowler. 2008. West Antarctic Peninsula sea ice in 2005: Extreme ice compaction and ice edge retreat due to strong anomaly with respect to climate. Journal of Geophysical Research 113, C02S20, doi:10.1029/2007JC004239.

Scambos, T., R. Ross, R. Bauer, Y. Yermolin, P. Skvarca, D. Long, J. Bohlander, T. Haran. 2008. Calving and ice shelf break-up processes investigated by proxy: Antarctic tabular iceberg evolution during northward drift. Journal of Glaciology 54(187): 579-591, doi:10.3189/002214308786570836.


Fricker, H. A., T. Scambos, R. Bindschadler, and L. Padman. 2007. An active subglacial water system in West Antarctica mapped from space. Science 315: 1544-1548, doi:10.1126/science.1136897.

Howat, I. M., I. Joughin, and T. A. Scambos. 2007. Rapid changes in ice discharge from Greenland outlet glaciers. Science 315(5818): 1559-1561, doi:10.1126/science.1138478.

Scambos. T., et al. 2007. Antarctic. In State of the Climate, ed. A. Arguez. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 88: S71-S77.

Scambos, T. A., T. M. Haran, M. A. Fahnestock, T. H. Painter, and J. Bohlander. 2007. MODIS-based Mosaic of Antarctica (MOA) data sets: Continent-wide surface morphology and snow grain size. Remote Sensing of the Environment 111(2-3): 242-257, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2006.12.020.

Stroeve, J., M. M. Holland, W. Meier, T. Scambos, and M. Serreze. 2007. Arctic sea ice decline: Faster than forecast. Geophysical Research Letters 34, L09501, doi:10.1029/2007GL029703.


Catania, G. A., H. Conway, C. F. Raymond, and T. A. Scambos. 2006. Evidence for floatation or near floatation in the mouth of Kamb Ice Stream, West Antarctica, prior to stagnation. Journal of Geophysical Research 111, doi:10.1029/2005JF000355.

Catania, G. A., T. A. Scambos, H. Conway, and C. F. Raymond. 2006. Sequential stagnation of Kamb Ice Stream, West Antarctica. Geophysical Research Letters 33, doi:10.1029/2006GL026430.

Joughin, I., J. Bamber, T. Scambos, S. Tulaczyk, M. Fahnestock, and D. MacAyeal. 2006. Integrating satellite observations with modeling: basal shear stress of the Filchner-Ronne Ice Streams, Antarctica. Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences 15(1844): 1795-814.

Massom, R. A., A. Worbe, V. Lytle, T. Markus, I. Allison, T. Scambos, H. Enomoto, K. Tateyama, T. Haran, J. Comiso, A. Pfaffling, T. Tamura, A. Muto, P. Kanagaratnam, B. Giles, N. Young, G. Hyland, and E. Key. 2006. ARISE (Antarctic Remote Ice Sensing Experiment) in the East 2003: validation of satellite-derived sea-ice data products. Annals of Glaciology 44(1): 288-296, doi:10.3189/172756406781811268.

Scambos, T. A., T. M. Haran, M. A. Fahnestock, T. H. Painter, and J. Bohlander. 2006. MODIS-based mosaic of Antarctica (MOA) data sets: continent-wide surface morphology and snow grain size. Remote Sensing of the Environment 111(2): 242-257, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2006.12.020.

Scambos, T. A., T. M. Haran, and R. Massom. 2006. Validation of AVHRR and MODIS ice surface temperature products using in situ radiometers. Annals of Glaciology 44(1): 345-351, doi:10.3189/172756406781811457.

Scambos, T., and C. Novak. 2006. On the current location of the Byrd 'Snow Cruiser' and other artifacts from Little America I, II, III, and Framheim. Polar Geography 29(4): 237-252.

Smith, B. E., C. F. Raymond, and T. Scambos. 2006. Anisotropic texture of ice sheet surfaces. Journal of Geophysical Research 111, F01019, doi:10.1029/2005JF000393.


Albert, M, C. Shuman, Z. Courville, R. Bauer, M. Fahnestock, and T. Scambos. 2005. Extreme firn metamorphism: impact of decades of vapor transport on near-surface firn at a low-accumulation glazed site on the East Antarctic plateau. Annals of Glaciology 39: 73-78.

Brown, I., and T. Scambos. 2005. Satellite monitoring of blue ice extent near Byrd Glacier, Antarctica. Annals of Glaciology 39: 223-230.

Catania, G., H. Conway, C. Raymond, and T. Scambos. 2005. Evidence for floatation or near floatation in the mouth of Kamb Ice Stream, West Antarctica, prior to stagnation. Journal of Geophysical Research 111, doi:10.1029/2005JF000355.

Hulbe, C., R. Johnston, I. Joughin, and T. Scambos. 2005. Marine ice modification of fringing ice shelf flow. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 37(3): 323-330.

Raup, B., T. Scambos, and T. Haran. 2005. Mapping and topography of streaklines on an Antarctic ice shelf using Advanced Land Imager (ALI). IEEE Transactions of Geoscience and Remote Sensing (TGARS) 43(4): 736-742.

Scambos, T., O. Sergienko, A. Sargent, D. MacAyeal, and J. Fastook. 2005. ICESat profiles of tabular iceberg margins and iceberg break-up at low latitudes. Geophysical Research Letters 23, doi:10.1029/2005GL023802.

Stroeve, J. C., D. Long, J. C. Comiso, T. A. Scambos, and C. A. Shuman. 2005. Estimation of glaciers and sea ice extent and their properties. In Encyclopedia of hydrological sciences, volume 2. Ed. Malcom G. Anderson, 831-852. London: John Wiley and Sons Ltd.


Berthier, E., B. Raup, and T. A. Scambos. 2004. New velocity map and mass-balance estimate of Mertz Glacier, East Antarctica, derived from Landsat sequential imagery. Journal of Glaciology 49(167): 503-511, doi:10.3189/172756503781830377.

Scambos, T. A., J. Bohlander, B. Raup, and T. Haran. 2004. Glaciological characteristics of the Institute Ice Stream using remote sensing. Antarctic Science 16(2): 205-213, doi:10.1017/S0954102004001919.

Scambos, T. A., J. Bohlander, C. Shuman, and P. Skvarca. 2004. Glacier acceleration and thinning after ice shelf collapse in the Larsen B embayment, Antarctica. Geophysical Research Letters 31, doi:10.1029/2004GL020670.


Scambos, T. A., C. Hulbe, and M. A. Fahnestock. 2003. Climate-induced ice shelf disintegration in the Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctic Research Series 79: 79-92.

Serreze, M., J. Maslanik, T. Scambos, and seven others. 2003. A record minimum arctic sea ice extent and area in 2002. Geophysical Research Letters 30(3), doi:10.1029/2002GL016406.


Nolin, A., F. Fetterer, and T. Scambos. 2002. Surface roughness characterizations of sea ice and ice sheets: case studies with MISR data. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 40(7): 1605-1615, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2002.801581.

Scambos, T. A., and T. Haran. 2002. An image-enhanced DEM of the Greenland ice sheet. Annals of Glaciology 34: 291-298.


Fahnestock. M. A., T. A. Scambos, R. A. Bindschadler, and G. Kvaran. 2000. A millennium of variable ice flow recorded in the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica. Journal of Glaciology 46(155): 652-664, doi:10.3189/172756500781832693.

Fahnestock, M. A., T. A. Scambos, C. A. Shuman, R. J. Athern, D. P. Winebrenner, and R. Kwok. 2000. Snow megadunes on the East Antarctic Plateau: extreme atmosphere-ice interaction. Geophysical Research Letters 27(22): 3719-3722, doi:10.1029/1999GL011248.

Scambos, T. A., C. Hulbe, M. A. Fahnestock, and J. Bohlander. 2000. The link between climate warming and breakup of ice shelves in the Antarctic Peninsula. Journal of Glaciology 46(154): 516-530, doi:10.3189/172756500781833043.

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