Ian Joughin

Ian JoughinIan Joughin continues his pioneering research into the use of differential SAR interferometry for the estimation of surface motion and topography of ice sheets. He combines the remote sensing with field work and modeling to solve ice dynamics problems. Solving the problems helps him understand the mass balance of the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets in response to climate change.

In addition to polar research, he also contributed to the development of algorithms that were used to mosaic data for the near-global map of topography from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM).

For more information see the Ice Sheet Studies at the Polar Science Center website.

Selected Publications

  • Joughin, I., and L. Padman, Melting and freezing beneath Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, Antarctica, Geophys. Res. Lett., 30(9), art. no.-1477, 2003.

  • Hulbe, C.L., W.L. Wang, I.R. Joughin, and M.J. Siegert, The role of lateral and vertical shear in tributary flow toward a West Antarctic ice stream, in Annals of Glaciology, Vol 36, pp. 244- 250, 2003.

  • Bougamont, M., S. Tulaczyk, and I. Joughin, Numerical investigations of the slow-down of Whillans Ice Stream, West Antarctica: is it shutting down like Ice Stream C?, in Annals of Glaciology, Vol 37, pp. 239-246, 2003.

  • Bougamont, M., S. Tulaczyk, and I. Joughin, Response of subglacial sediments to basal freeze- on – 2. Application in numerical modeling of the recent stoppage of Ice Stream C, West Antarctica, J. Geophys. Res.-Solid Earth, 108(B4), art. no.-2223, 2003.

  • Padman, L., S. Erofeeva, and I. Joughin, Tides of the Ross Sea and Ross Ice Shelf cavity, Antarct. Sci., 15(1), 31-40, 2003.

  • Vogel, S.W., S. Tulaczyk, and I.R. Joughin, Distribution of basal melting and freezing beneath tributaries of Ice Stream C: Implication for the Holocene decay of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, Ann. Glaciol., 36, 273-282, 2003.

  • Wang, W.L., H.J. Zwally, C.L. Hulbe, M.J. Siegert, and I. Joughin, Anisotropic ice flow leading to the onset of Ice Stream D, West Antarctica: numerical modelling based on the observations from Byrd Station borehole, in Annals of Glaciology, Vol 37, pp. 397-403, 2003.

  • Thorsteinsson, T., C.F. Raymond, G.H. Gudmundsson, R.A. Bindschadler, P. Vornberger, and I. Joughin, Bed topography and lubrication inferred from surface measurements on fast- flowing ice streams, Journal of Glaciology, 49 (167), 481-490, 2003.

  • Siegert, M.J., A.J. Payne, and I. Joughin, Spatial stability of Ice Stream D and its tributaries, West Antarctica, revealed by radio-echo sounding and interferometry, in Annals of Glaciology, 37, 377-382, 2003.

  • Gray, L., N. Short, R. Bindschadler, I. Joughin, L. Padman, P. Vornberger, and A. Khananian, RADARSAT interferometry for Antarctic grounding-zone mapping, Ann. of Glaciol., 34, 269-276, 2002.

  • Joughin, I., Ice-sheet velocity mapping: A combined interferometric and speckle-tracking approach, Ann. Glaciol., 34, 195-201, 2002.

  • Joughin, I., and S. Tulaczyk, Positive mass balance of the Ross Ice Streams, West Antarctica, Science, 295(5554), 476-480, 2002.

  • Hulbe, C.L., W.L. Wang, I.R. Joughin, and M.J. Siegert, The role of lateral and vertical shear in tributary flow toward a West Antarctic ice stream, Ann. Glaciol., 36, 244-250, 2003.

  • Fahnestock, M.A., I. Joughin, T.A. Scambos, R. Kwok, W.B. Krabill, and S. Gogineni, Ice- stream-related patterns of ice flow in the interior of northeast Greenland, J. Geophys. Res.- Atmos., 106(D24), 34035-34045, 2001.

  • Studinger, M., R.E. Bell, D.D. Blankenship, C.A. Finn, R.A. Arko, D.L. Morse, and I. Joughin, Subglacial sediments: A regional geological template for ice flow in West Antarctica, Geophys. Res. Lett., 28(18), 3493-3496, 2001.

  • Fahnestock, M., W. Abdalati, I. Joughin, J. Brozena, and P. Gogineni, High geothermal heat row, basal melt, and the origin of rapid ice how in central Greenland, Science, 294(5550), 2338-2342, 2001.

  • Rignot, E., S. Gogineni, I. Joughin, and W. Krabill, Contribution to the glaciology of northern Greenland from satellite radar interferometry, J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos., 106 (D24), 34007- 34019, 2001.

  • Joughin, I., M. Fahnestock, D. MacAyeal, J.L. Bamber, and P. Gogineni, Observation and analysis of ice flow in the largest Greenland ice stream, J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos., 106(D24), 34021-34034, 2001.

  • Rosen, P.A., S. Hensley, I.R. Joughin, F.K. Li, S.N. Madsen, E. Rodriguez, and R.M. Goldstein, Synthetic aperture radar interferometry – Invited paper, Proc. IEEE, 88(3), 333-382, 2000.

  • Hulbe, C.L., I.R. Joughin, D.L. Morse, and R.A. Bindschadler, Tributaries to West Antarctic ice streams: Characteristics deduced from numerical modelling of ice flow, Ann. Glaciol., 31, 184-190, 2000.

  • Bamber, J.L., D.G. Vaughan, and I. Joughin, Widespread complex plow in the interior of the Antarctic Ice Sheet, Science, 287(5456), 1248-1250, 2000.

  • Bamber, J.L., R.J. Hardy, and I. Joughin, An analysis of balance velocities over the Greenland ice sheet and comparison with synthetic aperture radar interferometry, J. Glaciol., 46(152), 67-74, 2000.

  • Bamber, J.L., R.J. Hardy, P. Huybrechts, and I. Joughin, A comparison of balance velocities, measured velocities and thermomechanically modelled velocities for the Greenland Ice Sheet, Ann. Glaciol., 30, 211-216, 2000.

  • Joughin, I.R., M.A. Fahnestock, and J.L. Bamber, Ice flow in the northeast Greenland ice stream, Ann. Glaciol., 31, 141-146, 2000.

  • Joughin, I., L. Gray, R. Bindschadler, S. Price, D. Morse, C. Hulbe, K. Mattar, and C. Werner, Tributaries of West Antarctic Ice streams revealed by RADARSAT interferometry, Science, 286(5438), 283-286, 1999.

  • Joughin, I., M. Fahnestock, R. Kwok, P. Gogineni, and C. Allen, Ice flow of Humboldt, Petermann and Ryder Gletscher, northern Greenland, J. Glaciol., 45(150), 231-241, 1999.

  • Joughin, I.R., R. Kwok, and M.A. Fahnestock, Interferometric estimation of three-dimensional ice-flow using ascending and descending passes, IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, 36(1), 25-37, 1998.

  • Joughin, I., M. Fahnestock, S. Ekholm, and R. Kwok, Balance velocities of the Greenland ice sheet, Geophys. Res. Lett., 24(23), 3045-3048, 1997.

  • Joughin, I., D. Winebrenner, M. Fahnestock, R. Kwok, and W. Krabill, Measurement of ice- sheet topography using satellite radar interferometry, J. Glaciol., 42(140), 10-22, 1996.

  • Joughin, I., R. Kwok, and M. Fahnestock, Estimation of ice-sheet motion using satellite radar interferometry: Method and error analysis with application to Humboldt Glacier, Greenland, J. Glaciol., 42(142), 564-575, 1996.

  • Joughin, I., S. Tulaczyk, M. Fahnestock, and R. Kwok, A mini-surge on the Ryder Glacier, Greenland, observed by satellite radar interferometry, Science, 274(5285), 228-230, 1996.

  • Raab, F.H., and I.R. Joughin, Signal processing for through-the-earth radio communication, IEEE Trans. Commun., 43(12), 2995-3003, 1995.

  • Winebrenner, D.P., L.D. Farmer, and I.R. Joughin, On the Response of polarimetric synthetic- aperture radar signatures at 24-cm wavelength to sea-ice thickness in Arctic leads, Radio Sci., 30(2), 373-402, 1995.

  • Joughin, I.R., D.P. Winebrenner, and M.A. Fahnestock, Observations of ice-sheet motion in Greenland Using Satellite Radar Interferometry, Geophys. Res. Lett., 22(5), 571-574, 1995.

  • Joughin, I.R., D.P. Winebrenner, and D.B. Percival, Probability Density-Functions for Multilook Polarimetric Signatures, IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, 32(3), 562-574, 1994.

  • Joughin, I.R., D.B. Percival, and D.P. Winebrenner, Maximum-likelihood-estimation of K- distribution parameters for SAR data, IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, 31(5), 989-999, 1993.

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