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Prof Hilmar Gudmundsson


Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

Hilmar Gudmundsson conducts research in glaciology with a specific focus on the future evolution of glaciers and ice-sheets in a warming world.


Since 2018.    Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK

2001-2017     British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK.

1996-2001     Section of Glaciology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2016       Visiting Professor at Institut national des sciences appliquées de Toulouse, France.

2015       Visiting lecturer at the Indian Institute of Science in Pune, India.

2014       Visiting Professor at Caltech, Pasadena, US.

2013       Visiting Professor at the Lanzhou Institute of glaciology, China

Campus Address

Ellison Building
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

I’m interested in the processes controlling the flow of glaciers and ice sheets. I’m fascinated by how complex the behaviour of large ice masses can be, how glaciers respond to external changes in the environment, and how they in turn affect the environment around them.

I’m a physicist by background and my research takes a combined observational, numerical and theoretical approach to understand the processes governing the behaviour of glaciers.

I'm currently involved with several large NSF, NERC and EU reserach projects: 




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  • Activation of existing surface crevasses has limited impact on grounding line flux of Antarctic Ice Streams, Gerli, C., Rosier, S., Gudmundsson, H. 28 Mar 2023, In: Geophysical Research Letters
  • Incorporating Horizontal Density Variations into Large‐scale Modelling of Ice Masses, Schelpe, C., Gudmundsson, G. 1 Feb 2023, In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface
  • Increased warm water intrusions could cause mass loss in East Antarctica during the next 200 years, Jordan, J., Miles, B., Gudmundsson, H., Jamieson, S., Jenkins, A., Stokes, C. 1 Apr 2023, In: Nature Communications
  • In the Quest of a Parametric Relation Between Ice Sheet Model Inferred Weertman's Sliding‐Law Parameter and Airborne Radar‐Derived Basal Reflectivity Underneath Thwaites Glacier, Antarctica, Das, I., Morlighem, M., Barnes, J., Gudmundsson, G., Goldberg, D., Dias dos Santos, T. 28 May 2023, In: Geophysical Research Letters
  • Limited impact of Thwaites Ice Shelf on future ice loss from Antarctica, Gudmundsson, H., Barnes, J., Goldberg, D., Morlighem, M. 31 May 2023, In: Geophysical Research Letters
  • Predicting ocean-induced ice-shelf melt rates using deep learning, Rosier, S., Bull, C., Woo, W., Gudmundsson, G. 7 Feb 2023, In: The Cryosphere
  • Slowdown of Shirase Glacier, East Antarctica, caused by strengthening alongshore winds, Miles, B., Stokes, C., Jenkins, A., Jordan, J., Jamieson, S., Gudmundsson, G. 1 Feb 2023, In: The Cryosphere
  • High spatial and temporal variability in Antarctic ice discharge linked to ice shelf buttressing and bed geometry, Miles, B., Stokes, C., Jamieson, S., Jordan, J., Gudmundsson, G., Jenkins, A. 29 Jun 2022, In: Scientific Reports
  • On the validity of the stress-flow angle as a metric for ice-shelf stability, Mitcham, T., Gudmundsson, H. Oct 2022, In: Journal of Glaciology
  • The instantaneous impact of calving and thinning on the Larsen C Ice Shelf, Mitcham, T., Gudmundsson, G., Bamber, J. 11 Mar 2022, In: The Cryosphere

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  • NSFGEO-NERC: Collaborative Research: A new mechanistic framework for modeling rift processes in Antarctic ice shelves validated through improved strain-rate and seismic observations, Gudmundsson, H. (Principal Investigator), Natural Environment Research Council, 11/01/21 - 10/01/24, 0.00
  • Ocean Forcing of Ice Sheet Evolution Beyond West Antarctica, Jenkins, A. (Principal Investigator), Gudmundsson, H. (Co Investigator), Natural Environment Research Council, 01/10/20 - 30/09/24, £657,760.00
  • PROTECT, Gudmundsson, H. (Principal Investigator), European Commission, 01/09/20 - 31/08/24, 0.00
  • Tipping Points in Antarctic Climate Components (TiPACCs), Gudmundsson, H. (Principal Investigator), European Commission, 01/08/19 - 31/05/23, £742,029.00
  • Newton Fund: PhD Placement programme between the United Kingdom and China - Teng Li, Gudmundsson, H. (Principal Investigator), British Council, 01/04/19 - 31/03/20, 0.00
  • NSFPLR-NERC: Processes, drivers, predictions: Modeling the response of Thwaites Glacier over the next century using, Gudmundsson, H. (Principal Investigator), Natural Environment Research Council, 01/12/18 - 30/11/23, £774,574.00
  • Assessing the sensitivity of major East Antarctic outlet glaciers to recent and future changes in the ocean-climate system, Gudmundsson, H. (Principal Investigator), Natural Environment Research Council, 01/03/18 - 28/02/21, £380,061.00
  • Ice shelves in a warming world: Filchner Ice Shelf system, Antarctica, Gudmundsson, H. (Principal Investigator), Natural Environment Research Council, 05/02/18 - 31/03/20, £330,637.00

Cristina Gerli Antarctic Ice Shelf crevasses, damage and deformation - a numerical modelling study Start Date: 19/10/2021

Environmental Studies/Science Other Qualification April 20 2004

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