Ward van Pelt
Glaciologist

Fieldwork 2017

Pictures of the 2017 field campaign to Nordenskiöldbreen, Svalbard, are now online!

Thesis

An electronic copy of my PhD-thesis, defended in 2014, can be found here!

Peer-reviewed publications

In review:

Van Pelt, W.J.J., V.A. Pohjola, R. Pettersson, L.E. Ehwald, C.H. Reijmer, W. Boot, and C.L. Jakobs (2018). Dynamic response of a high Arctic glacier to melt and runoff variations. submitted

Published:

[18] Vallot, D., J. Åström, T. Zwinger, R. Pettersson, A. Everett, D.I. Benn, A. Luckman, W.J.J. van Pelt and F. Nick (2018). Effects of undercutting and sliding on calving: a coupled approach applied to Kronebreen, Svalbard. The Cryosphere, in press, doi:10.5194/tc-2017-166

[17] Winsvold, S.H., A. Kääb, C. Nuth, L.M. Andreassen, W.J.J. van Pelt and T. Schellenberger (2018). Using SAR data time-series for regional glacier mapping. The Cryosphere, in press, doi:10.5194/tc-2017-136

[16] How, P., D.I. Benn, N.R.J. Hulton, B. Hubbard, A. Luckman, H. Sevestre, W.J.J. van Pelt, K. Lindback, J. Kohler and W. Boot (2017). Rapidly-changing subglacial hydrology pathways at a tidewater glacier revealed through simultaneous observations of water pressure, supraglacial lakes, meltwater plumes and surface velocities. The Cryosphere, 11, 2691-2710. doi:10.5194/tc-11-2691-2017

[15] Vallot, D., R. Pettersson, A. Luckman, D. Benn, T. Zwinger, W.J.J. van Pelt, J. Kohler, M. Schaefer, B. Claremar, and N. Hulton (2017). Dynamics of a fast-flowing tidewater glacier: complex spatio-temporal response to basal water input. Journal of Glaciology, 63, 242, 1012-1024. doi:10.1017/jog.2017.69.

[14] Farinotti, D., W.J.J. van Pelt, and 34 others (2017). How accurate are estimates of glacier ice thickness? Results from ITMIX, the Ice Thickness Models Intercomparison eXperiment. The Cryosphere, 11, 949-970. doi:10.5194/tc-11-949-2017

[13] Marchenko, S., W.J.J. van Pelt, B. Claremar, H. Machguth, C.H. Reijmer, R. Pettersson and V.A. Pohjola (2017). Parameterizing deep water percolation improves subsurface temperature simulations by a multilayer firn model. Frontiers in Earth Science: Cryospheric Sciences, 5, 16. doi:10.3389/feart.2017.00016

[12] Van Pelt, W.J.J., V.A. Pohjola and C.H. Reijmer (2016). The changing impact of snow conditions and refreezing on the mass balance of Svalbard glaciers. Frontiers in Earth Science: Cryospheric Sciences, 4, 102. doi:10.3389/feart.2016.00102

[11] Van Pelt, W.J.J., J. Kohler, G.E. Liston, J.O. Hagen, B. Luks, C.H. Reijmer and V.A. Pohjola (2016). Multi-decadal climate and seasonal snow conditions in Svalbard. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 121, 11. doi:10.1002/2016JF003999.

[10] Marchenko, S., V.A. Pohjola, R. Pettersson, W.J.J. van Pelt, C.P. Vega, H. Machguth, C.E. Bøggild and E. Isaksson (2016). A plot-scale study of firn stratigraphy at Lomonosovfonna, Svalbard, using ice cores, borehole video and GPR surveys in 2012-2014. Journal of Glaciology, 63, 237, 67-78. doi:10.1017/jog.2016.118

[9] Vega, C.P., V.A. Pohjola, E. Beaudon, B. Claremar, W.J.J. van Pelt, R. Pettersson, E. Isaksson, T. Martma, M. Schwikowski and C. E. Bøggild (2016). A synthetic ice core approach to estimate ion relocation in an ice field site experiencing periodical melt; a case study on Lomonosovfonna, Svalbard. The Cryosphere, 10, 961-976. doi:10.5194/tc-10-961-2016

[8] Van Pelt, W.J.J. and J. Kohler (2015). Modelling the long-term mass balance and firn evolution of glaciers around Kongsfjorden, Svalbard. Journal of Glaciology, 61, 228, 731-744. doi:10.3189/2015JoG14J223

[7] Bueler, E.L. and W.J.J. van Pelt (2015). Mass-conserving subglacial hydrology in the Parallel Ice Sheet Model. Geoscientific Model Development, 8, 1613-1635. doi:10.5194/gmd-8-1613-2015

[6] Christianson, K., J. Kohler, R.B. Alley, C. Nuth and W.J.J. van Pelt (2015). Dynamic perennial firn aquifer on an Arctic glacier. Geophysical Research Letters, 42, 1418-1426, doi:10.1002/2014GL062806

[5] Oerlemans, J. and W.J.J. van Pelt (2015). A model study of Abrahamsenbreen (northern Spitsbergen). The Cryosphere, 9, 767-779. doi:10.5194/tc-9-767-2015

[4] Van Pelt, W.J.J., R. Pettersson, V.A. Pohjola, S. Marchenko, B. Claremar and J. Oerlemans. (2014). Inverse estimation of snow accumulation along a snow radar transect on Nordenskiöldbreen, Svalbard. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 119, 4, 816-835. doi:10.1002/2013JF003040

[3] Van Pelt, W.J.J., J. Oerlemans, C.H. Reijmer, R. Pettersson, V.A. Pohjola, E. Isaksson and D. Divine (2013). An iterative inverse method to estimate basal topography and initialize ice flow models. The Cryosphere, 7, 987-1006. doi:10.5194/tc-7-987-2013

[2] Van Pelt, W.J.J., J. Oerlemans, C.H. Reijmer, V.A. Pohjola, R. Pettersson and J.H. van Angelen (2012). Simulating melt, runoff and refreezing on Nordenskiöldbreen, Svalbard, using a coupled snow and energy balance model. The Cryosphere, 6, 641-659. doi:10.5194/tc-6-641-2012

[1] Van Pelt, W.J.J. and J. Oerlemans (2012). Numerical simulations of cyclic behaviour in the Parallel Ice Sheet Model (PISM). Journal of Glaciology, 58, 208, 347-360. doi:10.3189/2012JoG11J217

Conference contributions (first author)

Svalbard Science Conference 2017 (Oslo, Norway)
W.J.J. van Pelt, V.A. Pohjola, J. Kohler, R. Pettersson, B. Luks, J.O. Hagen, C.H. Reijmer
A high-resolution dataset of climatic mass balance, snow conditions and runoff in Svalbard between 1957 and 2017 [talk]

IGS Nordic Branch meeting 2017 (Uppsala, Sweden)
W.J.J. van Pelt, V.A. Pohjola, R. Pettersson, L. Ehwald, C.H. Reijmer, W. Boot, C.L. Jakobs
Dynamic response of a high Arctic glacier to runoff variations [poster]

Melt water retention workshop 2017 (Copenhagen, Denmark)
W.J.J. van Pelt, V.A. Pohjola, C.H. Reijmer
Firn conditions and refreezing in a changing Svalbard climate [poster]

NÅGLAMB workshop 2016 (Oslo, Norway)
W.J.J. van Pelt, A. Pramanik and J. Kohler
Mass balance modelling around Kongsfjorden [talk]

IGS Nordic Branch meeting 2016 (Tromsø, Norway)
W.J.J. van Pelt, V.A. Pohjola, C.H. Reijmer, R. Pettersson, L. Ehwald and W. Boot
Analysing a decade of ice velocity observations on Nordenskioldbreen, Svalbard [talk]

Melt water retention workshop 2016 (Copenhagen, Denmark)
W.J.J. van Pelt and V.A. Pohjola
The changing role of snow conditions and refreezing on mass loss of Svalbard glaciers [poster]

TIGRIF meeting 2016 (Tromsø, Norway)
W.J.J. van Pelt and A. Pramanik
Mass balance and runoff modelling [talk]

IASC-NAG workshop 2016 (Benasque, Spain)
W.J.J. van Pelt and V.A. Pohjola
Simulating the present and future state of firn conditions in Svalbard [talk]

IGS Nordic Branch meeting 2015 (Copenhagen, Denmark)
W.J.J. van Pelt and V.A. Pohjola
Firn conditions and refreezing in a changing Svalbard climate [poster]
W.J.J. van Pelt, J. Kohler, G. Liston and V.A. Pohjola
Multi-decadal trends in seasonal snow conditions on Svalbard [poster]

Scientific Advisory Board meeting 2014 (Oslo, Norway)
W.J.J. van Pelt and J. Kohler
The long-term mass balance and firn evolution of Svalbard glaciers [talk]

IGS Nordic Branch meeting 2014 (Reykjavik, Iceland)
W.J.J. van Pelt and J. Kohler
Modelling the long-term mass balance and firn evolution of glaciers around Kongsfjorden, Svalbard [poster]

SVALI annual meeting 2014 (Reykjavik, Iceland)
W.J.J. van Pelt and J. Kohler
Modelling the long-term mass balance and firn evolution of glaciers around Kongsfjorden, Svalbard [talk]

Calving and Surging in Svalbard workshop 2014 (Utrecht, the Netherlands)
W.J.J. van Pelt and J. Kohler
Melt and runoff modelling of glaciers around Kongsfjorden, Svalbard [talk]

IGS Nordic Branch meeting 2013 (Lammi, Finland)
W.J.J. van Pelt, R. Pettersson, V.A. Pohjola, S. Marchenko, B. Claremar and J. Oerlemans
Inverse estimation of snow accumulation variability along a snow radar transect on Nordenskiöldbreen, Svalbard [talk]

BBOS Autumn Symposium 2012 (Nijmegen, the Netherlands)
W.J.J. van Pelt and J. Oerlemans
An inverse method to estimate basal topography from surface height data [talk]

IGS symposium Alaska 2012 (Fairbanks, Alaska)
W.J.J. van Pelt and J. Oerlemans
An iterative inverse method to estimate bedrock topography [poster]

PISM workshop 2012 (Hamburg, Germany)
W.J.J. van Pelt and J. Oerlemans
An inverse iterative method to estimate bedrock topography from a DEM [poster]

AGU Fall Meeting 2011 (San Francisco, USA)
W.J.J. van Pelt and J. Oerlemans
Numerical simulations of cyclic behavior in the Parallel Ice Sheet Model (PISM) [talk]

IGS Nordic Branch Meeting 2011 (Oslo, Norway)
W.J.J. van Pelt, J. Oerlemans and C.H. Reijmer
Simulating melt, runoff and refreezing on Nordenskiöldbreen, Svalbard, using a coupled snow and energy balance model [talk]

BBOS Autumn Symposium 2010 (Callantsoog, the Netherlands)
W.J.J. van Pelt and J. Oerlemans
Numerical simulations of cyclic behavior with PISM [talk]

Workshop on the dynamics and mass budget of Arctic glaciers 2010 (Obergurgl, Austria)
W.J.J. van Pelt, J. Oerlemans and C.H. Reijmer
Numerical modeling of the dynamics of Nordenskiöldbreen, Svalbard [poster]