Kristin Schild


As a physical glaciologist, I can generally be found either deploying and servicing instruments on glaciers or analyzing field data and remote sensing imagery, both with the goal of understanding the environmental controls of ice sheet stability. I am particularly interested in the interaction of glaciers and the ocean, and have recently focused on glacier hydrology, and how the increase in meltwater (from glacier melt and precipitation) influences glacier velocity, glacier terminus stability, and fjord circulation. My research oftentimes necessitates using an interdisciplinary approach, including physics, math, remote sensing, oceanography, and earth sciences, as well as developing new methods for data processing and analysis. My current research is focused on characterizing iceberg geometry and quantifying iceberg melt rates using high-resolution in situ measurements in Greenland. I have also worked on projects in Antarctica, Alaska and Svalbard.