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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 research projects, such as the EU project: 

Tipping Point in the Antarctic Climate Components (,

the EU project: 

Projecting Sea-Level Rise: From Ice Sheets to Local Implications (

and the US-UK project:

 PROcesses, drivers, Prediction: modeling the History and Evolution of Thwaites (PROPHET)(




  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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. 7 Apr 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
  • The sensitivity of Cook Glacier, East Antarctica, to changes in ice-shelf extent and grounding-line position, Jordan, J., Gudmundsson, H., Jenkins, A., Stokes, C., Miles, B., Jamieson, S. 1 Jun 2022, In: Journal of Glaciology
  • A new approach to inferring basal drag and ice rheology in ice streams, with applications to West Antarctic Ice Streams, Ranganathan, M., Minchew, B., Meyer, C., Gudmundsson, G. 1 Apr 2021, In: Journal of Glaciology
  • Drivers of Change of Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica, Between 1995 and 2015, Dias Dos Santos, T., Barnes, J., Goldberg, D., Gudmundsson, G., Morlighem, M. 28 Oct 2021, In: Geophysical Research Letters
  • Drivers of Pine Island Glacier speed-up between 1996 and 2016, De Rydt, J., Reese, R., Paolo, F., Gudmundsson, H. 7 Jan 2021, In: The Cryosphere
  • Ocean‐driven and topography‐controlled nonlinear glacier retreat during the Holocene: southwestern Ross Sea, Antarctica, Jones, R., Gudmundsson, G., Mackintosh, A., McCormack, F., Whitmore, R. 16 Mar 2021, In: Geophysical Research Letters
  • Quantifying the potential future contribution to global mean sea level from the Filchner–Ronne basin, Antarctica, Hill, E., Rosier, S., Gudmundsson, H., Collins, M. 6 Oct 2021, In: The Cryosphere
  • Recent acceleration of Denman Glacier (1972–2017), East Antarctica, driven by grounding line retreat and changes in ice tongue configuration, Miles, B., Jordan, J., Stokes, C., Jamieson, S., Gudmundsson, H., Jenkins, A. 11 Feb 2021, In: 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

  • Cristina Gerli The impact of Antarctic Ice Shelf Fractures on Ice Flow. Start Date: 19/10/2021
  • Natasha Lee The Effect of Climate Change on Icelandic Ice Caps and Glaciers. Start Date: 01/10/2020

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