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Professor 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: 




  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Recent irreversible retreat phase of Pine Island Glacier, Reed, B., Green, J., Jenkins, A., Gudmundsson, G. 1 Jan 2024, In: Nature Climate Change
  • Sensitivity to forecast surface mass balance outweighs sensitivity to basal sliding descriptions for 21st century mass loss from three major Greenland outlet glaciers, Carr, J., Hill, E., Gudmundsson, G. 14 Jun 2024, In: The Cryosphere
  • Short- and long-term variability of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets, Hanna, E., Topál, D., Box, J., Buzzard, S., Christie, F., Hvidberg, C., Morlighem, M., De Santis, L., Silvano, A., Colleoni, F., Sasgen, I., Banwell, A., van den Broeke, M., DeConto, R., De Rydt, J., Goelzer, H., Gossart, A., Gudmundsson, G., Lindbäck, K., Miles, B., Mottram, R., Pattyn, F., Reese, R., Rignot, E., Srivastava, A., Sun, S., Toller, J., Tuckett, P., Ultee, L. 1 Mar 2024, In: Nature Reviews Earth & Environment
  • Weak relationship between remotely detected crevasses and inferred ice rheological parameters on Antarctic ice shelves, Gerli, C., Rosier, S., Gudmundsson, G., Sun, S. 6 Jun 2024, In: The Cryosphere
  • 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. 16 Jun 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

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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

Environmental Studies/Science Other Qualification April 20 2004

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