Eric Rignot

Professor, Earth System Science
School of Physical Sciences

Senior Research Scientist, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Radar Science and Engineering

Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1991, Electrical Engineering

M.S., University of Southern California, 1988, Electrical Engineering

M.S., University of Southern California, 1987, Aerospace Engineering

Engr., Ecole Centrale Arts et Manufactures Paris, 1985

M.S., University Paris VI, 1986, Astronomy and Astrophysics

Phone: 949 824 3739
Fax: 818 393 5184

University of California, Irvine
Croul Hall
Irvine, CA 92697

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Glaciology, climate change, radar remote sensing, ice sheet modeling, interferometry, radio echo sounding, ice-ocean interactions
URLs Rignot Research Group
Earth System Science
Fellow of American Geophysical Union 2013.
NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal 2012.
NASA Group Achievement Award, IceBridge Mission, 2011.
NASA Group Achievement Award, Ice Sheet System Model, 2011.
National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Service Medal, 2009.
NASA Group Achievement Award, Warm Ice Sounding Explorer Team, 2009.
Bowie Lecture, American Geophysical Union, 2008.
Nobel Peace Prize, co-author IPCC AR4, 2007.
NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, 2007.
JPL Edward Stone Award for Outstanding Research Publication in 2004.
JPL Level A Award for Technical Achievement, 2004.
NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, 2003.
Nomination of "Rignot Glacier, Antarctica" by U. S. Board Geogr. Names, 2003.
JPL Edward Stone Award for Outstanding Research Publication in 2002.
JPL Director Lew Allen Award for Excellence in 1998.
IEEE Geos. Rem. Sens. Soc. Award for Best Journal Paper published in 1994.
IEEE Geos. Rem. Sens. Soc. Award for Best Oral Paper at IGARSS'90 Symposium.
12 NASA Certificates of Recognition between 1988 and 1993.
Our research group is focused on understanding the interactions of ice and climate, in particular to determine how the ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland will respond to climate change in the coming century and how they will affect global sea level.

Our research work combines satellite remote sensing techniques (imaging radar, laser altimetry, radio echo sounding), airborne geophysical surveys, field surveys (GPR, GPS) and numerical modeling (ice sheet system model (ISSM)) and spans from the cold, vast, dry interior regions of Antarctica to the warm, wet, narrow, dynamic glaciers of Patagonia, Chile.

Glaciology mixes different scientific and engineeering disciplines at the corner stone of Earth System Science. Ice interacts with the atmosphere and the surrounding ocean, and has its own internal dynamics. It regroups various scientific disciplines around glaciology.

With the advent of satellites, we have been observing ice sheets at an unprecedented level of spatial detail over vast areas, since 1992. During that time, rapid changes took place in polar and sub-polar regions of broad scientific and societal relevance. This is an exciting time of exploration, discovery and scientific advances, emerging new science of high societal relevance, filled with opportunities to connect with spectacular natural landscapes.

Our research group in glaciology has 10 members at UC Irvine (3 postdocs (Helene Seroussi, Basile de Fleurian, Xu Yun), 4 PhDs (Xin Li, Lu an, Cilan Lai, Hongju), 3 Associate Project Scientists (Jeremie Mouginot, Bernd Scheuchl, Mathieu Morlighem)), 4 members at JPL (3 postdocs (Chris Borstad, Ian Fenty, Feras Habbal), 1 full time researcher (Michael Schodlok)), working on ice sheet numerical modeling, ice-ocean interactions, and remote sensing observations of ice motion in Greenland and Antarctica, and data assimilation methods in collaboration with 3 JPL researchers (Eric Larour, Dimitris Menemenlis, Ala Khazendar) and 2 UC Irvine Professors (Todd Dupont, Isabella Velicogna) and their fellow students and postdocs. We are looking at a steady growth of research activities in cryospheric sciences at UCI in years to come.
Publications Rignot, E., J. Mouginot, and B. Scheuchl (2011), Ice Flow of the Antarctic Ice Sheet, Science, doi 10.1126/science.1208336.
  Rignot, E., J. Mouginot, and B. Scheuchl (2011), Antarctic grounding line mapping from differential satellite radar interferometry, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L10504, doi:10.1029/2011GL047109.
  Rignot, E., Velicogna, I., van den Broeke, M.R., Monaghan, A., & Lenaerts, J. (2011) acceleration of the contribution of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets to sea level rise. Geophysical Research Letters, 38, L05503-L05508. doi 10.1029/2011GL046583
American Geophysical Union
International Glaciological Society
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