Allen Pope

Allen PopeStudying the Earth’s frozen regions with satellite imagery and other remote sensing data products,  Allen is jointly appointed at UW and the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

He completed both his master’s and doctorate degrees in Polar Studies at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge and has been a postdoctoral research associate in the Polar Science Center since 2014.

Allen works with Ben Smith and is interested in better understanding what environmental processes are driving elevation changes in the Bellingshausen Sea sector of West Antarctica. Other research projects include estimating supraglacial lake depth in Greenland with Landsat-8 imagery and building a Landsat-8 mosaic of Antarctica using cloud-based satellite image processing tools, just to name a couple.

You can find out more about Allen and his research here. He also enjoys sharing his science and tweets @PopePolar.

Brief Highlights

  • February 2016: Scientist in Residency Fellow – Sitka Sound Science Center, Sitka, Alaska
  • 2015 & 2012: Instructor – Juneau Icefield Research Program; traversing from Juneau, Alaska to Atlin, British Columbia
  • Spring 2014: Developed and taught a course on “Polar Remote Sensing” at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
  • February 2014: Participant of steering group of the International Polar Partnership Initiative (IPPI) presented to the IOC Executive Council, Paris, France
  • December 2013: Along with other fellows of the Software Sustainability Institute, organized a “Software and Research” town hall discussion at the AGU Fall Meeting
  • October 2013: Participated in a workshop on grand challenges in the future of cryospheric research (Climate & the Cryosphere Programme; Tromso, Norway)
  • May 2013: Assisted in fieldwork studying surface melt on debris-covered glaciers in the Langtang Valley, Nepal
  • April 2013: Assisted in long-term mass balance studies at Tarfala field station, northern Sweden


Selected Publications


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