Ward van Pelt
Researcher

Fieldwork

Pictures of our annual field campaigns to Svalbard can be found here.

Meetings

  • Svalbard snow network workshop [Warszawa, Poland; 22-25 Oct.]

  • Svalbard science conference [Oslo, Norway; 5-8 Nov.; link]

  • IASC Network on Arctic Glaciology annual meeting [Obergurgl, Austria; 28-30 Jan.; link]

Thesis

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

Peer-reviewed publications

  1. Van Pelt, W.J.J., V.A. Pohjola, R. Pettersson, S. Marchenko, J. Kohler, B. Luks, J.O. Hagen, T.V. Schuler, T. Dunse, B. Noël, and C.H. Reijmer (2019). A long-term dataset of climatic mass balance, snow conditions and runoff in Svalbard (1957–2018). The Cryosphere, 13, 2259-2280. doi:10.5194/tc-2019-53
  2. Pramanik, A., J. Kohler, T.V. Schuler, W.J.J. van Pelt, and L. Cohen (2019). Comparison of snow accumulation events on two High Arctic glaciers to model-derived and observed precipitation. Polar Research, 38. doi:10.33265/polar.v38.3364
  3. Marchenko, S., G. Cheng, P. Lötstedt, V.A. Pohjola, R. Pettersson, W.J.J. van Pelt, and C.H. Reijmer (2019). Thermal conductivity of firn at Lomonosovfonna, Svalbard, derived from subsurface temperature measurements. The Cryosphere, 13, 1843-1859. doi:10.5194/tc-13-1843-2019
  4. Köhler, A., V. Maupin, C. Nuth, and W.J.J. van Pelt (2019). Characterization of seasonal glacial seismicity from a single-station on-ice record at Holtedahlfonna, Svalbard, Annals of Glaciology, 60, 23-36. doi:10.1017/aog.2019.15
  5. Deschamps-Berger, C., C. Nuth, W.J.J. van Pelt, E. Berthier, J. Kohler, and B. Altena (2019). Closing the mass budget of a tidewater glacier: the example of Kronebreen, Svalbard. Journal of Glaciology, 65, 136-148. doi:10.1017/jog.2018.98
  6. Pramanik, A., W.J.J. van Pelt, J. Kohler, and T.V. Schuler (2018). Simulating climatic mass balance, seasonal snow development and associated freshwater runoff in the Kongsfjord basin, Svalbard (1980-2016). Journal of Glaciology, 64, 943-956. doi:10.1017/jog.2018.80
  7. 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. Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 4917–4926. doi:10.1029/2018GL077252
  8. 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, 12, 867-890. doi:10.5194/tc-12-867-2018
  9. 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, 12, 609-625. doi:10.5194/tc-12-609-2018
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  14. 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 an idealized Svalbard glacier. Frontiers in Earth Science: Cryospheric Sciences, 4, 102. doi:10.3389/feart.2016.00102
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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)

IASC-NAG workshop 2019 (Geilo, Norway)
W.J.J. van Pelt, V.A. Pohjola, R. Pettersson, S. Marchenko, J. Kohler, B. Luks, J.O. Hagen, T. Dunse, C.H. Reijmer
A dataset of mass balance, snow conditions and runoff in Svalbard [poster]

IGS Nordic Branch meeting 2018 (Rovaniemi, Finland)
W.J.J. van Pelt, V.A. Pohjola, J. Kohler, R. Pettersson, S. Marchenko, B. Luks, J.O. Hagen, C.H. Reijmer
A dataset of climatic mass balance, snow conditions and runoff in Svalbard (1957-2017) [talk]

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]

IASC-NAG workshop 2010 (Obergurgl, Austria)
W.J.J. van Pelt, J. Oerlemans and C.H. Reijmer
Numerical modeling of the dynamics of Nordenskiöldbreen, Svalbard [poster]