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Dr Jan De Rydt

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

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.

Jan De Rydt

Campus Address

Ellison Building A
Northumbria University
Newcastle Upon Tyne



  • Theoretical Physics PhD Gauged N=1 Supergravity and the Embedding Tensor Formalism, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Physics MSc Gauged N=2 supergravity actions, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Geography Studies (Science) MPhil Relating surface and bed properties of Antarctic ice stream, University of Cambridge, UK

Key Publications

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  • Past and future dynamics of the Brunt Ice Shelf from seabed bathymetry and ice shelf geometry, Hodgson, D., Jordan, T., De Rydt, J., Fretwell, P., Seddon, S., Becker, D., Hogan, K., Smith, A., Vaughan, D. 14 Feb 2019, In: The Cryosphere
  • The internal structure of the Brunt Ice Shelf from ice-penetrating radar analysis and implications for ice shelf fracture, King, E., De Rydt, J., Gudmundsson, H. 24 Oct 2018, In: The Cryosphere
  • Recent rift formation and impact on the structural integrity of the Brunt Ice Shelf, East Antarctica, De Rydt, J., Hilmar Gudmundsson, G., Nagler, T., Wuite, J., King, E. 9 Feb 2018, In: The Cryosphere
  • Diverse landscapes beneath Pine Island Glacier influence ice flow, Bingham, R., Vaughan, D., King, E., Davies, D., Cornford, S., Smith, A., Arthern, R., Brisbourne, A., De Rydt, J., Graham, A., Spagnolo, M., Marsh, O., Shean, D. 1 Dec 2017, In: Nature Communications
  • Snow Densification and Recent Accumulation Along the iSTAR Traverse, Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica, Morris, E., Mulvaney, R., Arthern, R., Davies, D., Gurney, R., Lambert, P., De Rydt, J., Smith, A., Tuckwell, R., Winstrup, M. Dec 2017, In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface
  • Five decades of strong temporal variability in the flow of Brunt Ice Shelf, Antarctica, Gudmundsson, G., De Rydt, J., Nagler, T. 1 Feb 2017, In: Journal of Glaciology
  • Coupled ice shelf-ocean modeling and complex grounding line retreat from a seabed ridge, De Rydt, J., Gudmundsson, H. 1 May 2016, In: Journal of Geophysical Research F: Earth Surface
  • Modeling the instantaneous response of glaciers after the collapse of the Larsen B Ice Shelf, De Rydt, J., Gudmundsson, G., Rott, H., Bamber, J. 16 Jul 2015, In: Geophysical Research Letters
  • Evolution of surface velocities and ice discharge of Larsen B outlet glaciers from 1995 to 2013, Wuite, J., Rott, H., Hetzenecker, M., Floricioiu, D., De Rydt, J., Gudmundsson, G., Nagler, T., Kern, M. 9 May 2015, In: Cryosphere
  • Geometric and oceanographic controls on melting beneath Pine Island Glacier, De Rydt, J., Holland, P., Dutrieux, P., Jenkins, A. Apr 2014, In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans


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