Eric Rignot

Dr Eric Rignot is a Senior Research Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Radar Science and Engineering Section, a Professor at the University of California Irvine's Earth System Science Department, an Adjunct Researcher at the Centro de Estuios Cientificos' Glaciology and Climate Change Branch, a Visiting Scientist at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Team Leader at the University of Kansas' CreSIS NSF center for ice sheet research. His research in the last 15 years has focused on the determination of the mass balance of glaciers and ice sheets, and on studying the relationship between ice motion, mass balance and climate. He has led many NASA projects and survey campaigns to study the mass balance of Greenland, Antarctica and Patagonia glaciers, ice shelf—ocean interactions, and changes in ice dynamics using satellite radar remote sensing techniques (interferometry, polarimetry) combined with other methods. He is currently developing new ice sheet numerical models coupled with remote sensing data and novel radio echo sounding techniques for the probing of outlet glaciers. He received NASA's Award for Exceptional Scientific Achievement in 2003 and 2007, the Ed Stone Award in 2002 and 2004 and the Lew Allen Award in 1998. He has over 75 scientific publications and numerous book chapters. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union and the International Glaciological Society, and Editor of Geophysical Research Letters.

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