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Jan De Rydt

Senior VC Research Fellow

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

Jan De Rydt is a Senior VC Research Fellow in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at Northumbria University

Campus Address

Ellison Building A
Northumbria University
Newcastle Upon Tyne



MPhil Polar Studies, Cambridge, UK, 2011

PhD Physics, Leuven, Belgium, 2010

MSc Physics, Leuven, Belgium, 2006

Research Themes & Scholarly Interests

My research in polar glaciology and oceanography focuses on the simulation and evaluation of present-day and future changes of the Antarctic Ice Sheet and possible contributions to sea level rise. My work includes the combined use of observations and computer models to understand the flow of glaciers in Antarctica, and the complex interactions and feedbacks between the ice and surrounding ocean.

Sponsors & Collaborators

Research has been supported by NERC and the EU

Current/Recent Projects


2016-2018: NERC core funding to the British Antarctic Survey, Lifetime of Halley applied glaciologist


2013-2015: Marie Curie IEF, European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007–2013), grant PIEF‐GA‐2011‐301268

Key Publications/Outputs

1) De Rydt, J., Gudmundsson, G. H., Nagler, T., Wuite, J. and King, E. C. (2018). Recent rift formation and impact on the structural integrity of the Brunt Ice Shelf, East Antarctica. The Cryosphere,12(2), 505-520.

2) Bingham, R. G., Vaughan, D. G., King, E. C., Davies, D., Cornford, S. L., Smith, A. M., Arthern, R. J., Brisbourne, A. M.,De Rydt, J., Graham, A. G. C., Spagnolo, M., Marsh, O. J. & Shean, D. E. (2017). Diverse landscapes beneath Pine Island Glacier influence ice flow. Nature Communications, 8(1).

3) De Rydt, J.andGudmundsson, G. H. (2016). Coupled ice shelf-ocean modeling and complex grounding line retreat from a seabed ridge. Journal of Geophysical Research F: Earth Surface,121(5), 865-880.

4) De Rydt, J., Gudmundsson, G. H., Rott, H. and Bamber, J. L.  (2015). Modeling the instantaneous response of glaciers after the collapse of the Larsen B Ice Shelf. Geophysical Research Letters, 42(13), 5355-5363.

5) Dutrieux, P.,De Rydt, J., Jenkins, A., Holland, P. R., Ha, H. K., Lee, S. H., Steig, E. J., Ding, Q., Abrahamsen, E. P. and Schröder, M. (2014). Strong sensitivity of pine Island ice-shelf melting to climatic variability. Science,343(6167), 174-178.

6) De Rydt, J., Holland, P. R., Dutrieux, P. and Jenkins, A. (2014). Geometric and oceanographic controls on melting beneath Pine Island Glacier. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 119(4), 2420-2438.

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