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Researcher: Massom, RA (Dr Robert Massom)

Fields of Research

Glaciology
Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience
Physical Oceanography
Physical Sciences
Climate Change Processes
Palaeoclimatology
Oceanography
Geophysics
Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Physiology
Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Chemical Oceanography
Animal Behaviour
Ecosystem Function
Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Wildlife and Habitat Management
Ocean Engineering
Palaeoecology
Adaptive Agents and Intelligent Robotics
Image Processing
Earth Sciences
Expert Systems
Numerical Analysis
Global Change Biology
Aerospace Engineering
Ship and Platform Hydrodynamics
Quantum Chemistry
Biological Oceanography

Research Objectives

Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments (excl. Social Impacts)
Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Oceanography
Climate and Climate Change
Climate Variability (excl. Social Impacts)
Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Land and Water Management
Environment
Marine Oceanic Processes (excl. climate related)
Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments
Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Marine Environments
Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
Climate Change Mitigation Strategies
Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change
Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of environments
Immune System and Allergy
Nautical Equipment (excl. Yachts)
Organic Industrial Chemicals (excl. Resins, Rubber and Plastics)
Ecosystem Assessment and Management

Career Best Publications

An anomalous late season change in the regional sea ice regime in the vicinity of the Mertz Glacier polynya, East Antarctica; Journal of Geophysical Research
Precipitation over the Interior East Antarctic Ice Sheet Related to Midlatitude Blocking-High Activity; Journal of Climate
Regional Classes of Sea Ice Cover in the East Antarctic Pack Observed from Satellite and In Situ Data during a Winter Time Period; Remote Sensing of Environment
Satellite Remote Sensing of Polar Regions: Applications, Limitations and Data Availability; Lewis Publishers
Snow on Antarctic sea ice; Review of Geophysics

Research Publications

A description of the snow cover on the winter sea ice of the Amundsen and Ross Seas
A GIS approach to estimating interannual variability of sea ice concentration in the Dumont d'Urville Sea near Terre Adelie from 2003 to 2009; Polar Science
A method for compositing MODIS satellite images to remove cloud cover; 2009 IEEE International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium
A Method for Compositing Polar MODIS Satellite Images to Remove Cloud Cover for Landfast Sea-Ice Detection; I E E E Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
A method for sub-pixel scale feature-tracking using Radarsat images applied to the Mertz Glacier Tongue, East Antarctica; Remote Sensing of Environment
A review of recent changes in Southern Ocean sea ice, their drivers and forcings; Global and Planetary Change
A roadmap for Antarctic and Southern Ocean science for the next two decades and beyond; Antarctic Science
An anomalous late season change in the regional sea ice regime in the vicinity of the Mertz Glacier polynya, East Antarctica; Journal of Geophysical Research
An ocean-sea ice model study of the unprecedented Antarctic sea ice minimum in 2016; Environmental Research Letters
An overview of East Antarctic sea ice properties and growth processes; Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting, 23-26 July 1996
Antarctic Air-Sea-Ice Interactions - Physical and Ecological Implications; Marine Science in a Changing World
Antarctic ice shelf disintegration triggered by sea ice loss and ocean swell; Nature
Antarctic sea ice - A polar opposite?; Oceanography
Antarctic sea ice change and variability - Physical and ecological implications; Polar Science
Antarctic slush-ice algal accumulation not quantified through conventional satellite imagery: beware the ice of March; The Cryosphere Discussions
ARISE (Antarctic Remote Ice Sensing Experiment) in the East 2003: validation of satellite-derived sea-ice data products; Annals of Glaciology
Australian CryoSat-2 Cal/Val Efforts in the East Antarctic Sea Ice Zone; CryoSat Validation Workshop
Automation of Antarctic landfast sea-ice retrieval from MODIS imagery; International Symposium on Sea Ice in a Changing Environment
Beyond Point Measurements: Sea Ice Floes Characterized in 3-D
Bottom Water Formation and Polynyas in Adélie Land, Antarctica; Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Change and variability in East Antarctic sea ice seasonality, 1979/80–2009/10; PLoS One
Climate change and Southern Ocean ecosystems I: how changes in physical habitats directly affect marine biota; Global Change Biology
Data availability and characteristics; The International Antarctic Weather Forecasting Handbook
Delivering sustained, coordinated, and integrated observations of the Southern Ocean for global impact; Frontiers in Marine Science
Dense shelf water spreading from Antarctic coastal polynyas to the deep Southern Ocean: a regional circumpolar model study; Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
Drivers of Antarctic sea ice volume change in CMIP5 models; Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
Dynamics and calving of the Mertz Glacier and its ice tongue, East Antarctica; IUGG
East Antarctic landfast sea ice distribution and variability, 2000-08; Journal of Climate
East Antarctic Sea Ice: A review of its structure, properties and drift; Antarctic Research Series - Antarctic Sea Ice: Physical Processes, Interactions and Variability
East Antarctic sea ice: A review of its structure, properties and drift; Antarctic Sea Ice: Physical Processes, Interactions and Variability
Effects of regional fast-ice and iceberg distributions on the behaviour of the Mertz Glacier polynya, East Antarctica; Annals of Glaciology
Estimating small-scale snow depth and ice thickness from total freeboard for East Antarctic sea ice; Deep-Sea Research II
Estimation of Antarctic land-fast sea ice algal biomass and snow thickness from under-ice radiance spectra in two contrasting areas; Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
Estimation of thin sea-ice thickness from NOAA AVHRR data in a polynya off the Wilkes Land coast, East Antarctica; Annals of Glaciology
Evaluation of AMSR-E snow depth product over East Antarctic sea ice using in situ measurements and aerial photography; Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
Examining the interaction between multi-year landfast sea ice and the Mertz Glacier Tongue, East Antarctica: Another factor in ice sheet stability?; Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans
External influences on the Mertz Glacier Tongue (East Antarctica) in the decade leading up to its calving in 2010; Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface
Extreme anomalous atmospheric circulation in the West Antarctic Peninsula region in austral spring and summer 2001/02, and its profound impact on sea ice and biota; Journal of Climate
Extreme events as ecosystems drivers: ecological consequences of anomalous Southern Hemisphere weather patterns during the 2001/02 austral spring-summer; Advances in Polar Science
Fast ice distribution in Adelie Land, East Antarctica: interannual variability and implications for emperor penguins Aptenodytes forsteri; Marine Ecology Progress Series
Fast-ice distribution in East Antarctica during 1997 and 1999 determined using RADARSAT data; Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
First results from a CryoSat-2 calibration experiment in the East Antarctic sea ice zone, SIPEX-2; CryoSat-2 Third User Workshop
Floe sizes in the east Antarctic sea ice zone estimated using combined sar and field data; Space at the service of our Environment
Freeboard, snow depth and sea ice roughness in East Antarctica from in-situ and multiple satellite data; Annals of Glaciology
Fun without touching: satellite remote sensing of sea ice
Generation of high-resolution East Antarctic landfast sea-ice maps from cloud-free MODIS satellite composite imagery; Remote Sensing of Environment
Geochemical particle fluxes in the Southern Indian Ocean seasonal ice zone: Prydz Bay region, East Antarctica; Deep-Sea Research 1
Growth processes of Antarctic sea ice in winter; American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 11-15 December 1995
Heat and salt fluxes within the East Antarctic pack ice in winter; American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 11-15 December 1995
Helicopter-borne observations with portable microwave radiometer in the Southern Ocean and the Sea of Okhotsk; Annals of Glaciology
High- resolution East Antarctic landfast sea-ice extent and variability from 2000 to 2008; International Glaciological Society symposium Sea Ice in the Physical and Biogeochemical System 2010
Ice formation in the Mertz Glacier polynya, East Antarctica, during Winter; Annals of Glaciology
Ice has that shrinking feeling
Ice shelf disintegration by plate bending and hydro-fracture: Satellite observations and model results of the 2008 Wilkins ice shelf break-ups; Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Introduction: SIPEX-2: a study of sea-ice physical, biogeochemical and ecosystem processes off East Antarctica during spring 2012; Deep-Sea Research II
Major Impacts of Anomalous Atmospheric Circulation Around the Antarctic Peninsular in Late Austral Winter-Early Spring 2001; The Interdisciplinary Workshop on Antarctic Peninsula Climate Variability
Modeling ocean-cryosphere interactions off Adélie and George V Land, East Antarctica; Journal of Climate
Morphology and structure of the sea ice in the southern ocean sector between 60°E and 150°E; 1997 Joint Assemblies of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences and International Association for Physical Sciences of the Oceans
Multi-year/multi-decade ice about Mertz Glacier, East Antarctica, and its temporal evolution; International Symposium on Sea Ice in a Changing Environment
Observing the Advection of Sea Ice in the Weddell Sea Using Buoy and Satellite Passive Microwave Data; Journal of Geophysical Research
On the extraordinary snow on the sea ice off East Antarctica in late winter, 2012; Deep-Sea Research. Part II
On the use of electromagnetic induction sounding to determine winter and spring sea ice thickness in the Antarctic; Cold Regions Science and Technology
Physical attributes of sea-ice kinematics during spring 2007 off East Antarctica; Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography
Polar Remote Sensing - Volume II: Ice Sheets; Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Polar Remote Sensing Volume I: Atmosphere and Oceans; Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Polar research: Six priorities for Antarctic science; Nature: Comment
Position analysis: Antarctic sea ice and climate change 2014
Precipitation over the Interior East Antarctic Ice Sheet Related to Midlatitude Blocking-High Activity; Journal of Climate
Principal Uses of Remote Sensing in Sea Ice Field Research; Field Techniques for Sea Ice Research
Properties of snow overlying the sea ice off East Antarctica in late winter, 2007; Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography
Radiometric measurements of sea-ice surface temperature in East Antarctica; Annals of Glaciology
Radiometric measurements of surface temperature of thin sea ice in East Antarctica; Antarctica and Global Change: Interactions and Impacts
Rapid development and persistence of a massive Antarctic sea ice tongue; Journal of Geophysical Research
Rapid disintegration of another ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula
Recent iceberg calving events in the Ninnis Glacier region, East Antarctica; Antarctic Science
Recent Research in the East Antarctic Sea-Ice Zone
Regional classes of sea ice cover in the East Antarctic pack in winter determined by satellite and in situ observations; Antarctica and Global Change: Interactions and Impacts
Regional Classes of Sea Ice Cover in the East Antarctic Pack Observed from Satellite and In Situ Data during a Winter Time Period; Remote Sensing of Environment
Regional Estimates of Heat and Salt Flux in the East Antarctic Sea Ice Zone; Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting, 23-26 July 1996
Regional-scale sea-ice and snow thickness distributions from in situ and satellite measurements over East Antarctica during SIPEX 2007; Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography
Regions of rapid sea ice change: An inter-hemispheric seasonal comparison; Geophysical Research Letters
Remote Sensing; Encyclopedia of the Antarctic
Remote sensing of Earth’s polar regions: opportunities for computational science; Computing in Science and Engineering
Return of the Maud Rise Polynya: climate litmus or sea ice anomaly? [in “State of the Climate in 2017”]; Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Robot subs find Antarctic sea ice thicker than expected
Role of off-shelf to on-shelf transitions for East Antarctic sea ice dynamics during spring 2003; Journal of Geophysical Research
Roles of wind stress and thermodynamic forcing in recent trends in Antarctic sea ice and Southern Ocean SST: an ocean-sea ice model study; Global and Planetary Change
Satellite and in situ observations of regional classes of sea ice cover in the East Antarctic pack in Winter; Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting, 23-26 July 1996
Satellite remote sensing of Antarctic sea-ice roughness using scatterometer data; International Symposium on Sea Ice in a Changing Environment
Satellite Remote Sensing of Polar Regions: Applications, Limitations and Data Availability; Lewis Publishers
Satellite remote sensing of polar snow and ice: present status and future directions; Polar Record
Sea Ice Extent and Concentration; Special Supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society - State of the Climate in 2011
Sea ice extent and concentration [in 'State of the Climate in 2006']; Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Sea ice extent and concentration [in 'State of the Climate in 2007']; Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Sea Ice Extent and Concentration [in State of the Climate in 2010]; Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Sea ice extent, concentration, and duration [in 'State of the Climate 2014']; American Meteorological Society. Bulletin
Sea ice extent, concentration, and duration [in “State of the Climate in 2015”]; Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Sea ice extent, concentration, and seasonality [in “State of the Climate in 2017”]; Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Sea ice pressure ridge heights in East Antarctica; Antarctica and Global Change: Interactions and Impacts
Sea ice reports for the Antarctic shipping season 2014–2015
Sea ice reports for the Antarctic shipping season 2015–2016
Sea ice reports for the season 2011-2012
Sea ice thickness distribution determined by aerial photography and ship-based observations in the East Antarctic pack ice; American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 11-15 December 1995
Sea ice thickness distribution: evaluation of the elctromagnetic induction sounding; Antarctica and Global Change: Interactions and Impacts
Sea ice thickness measured
Sea-ice extent and concentration; American Meteorological Society. Bulletin - Special Supplement
Sea-ice extent and concentration [in “State of the Climate in 2008”]; Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Sea-ice pressure ridges in East Antarctica; Annals of Glaciology
Seasonal sea ice changes in the Amundsen Sea, Antarctica, over the period of 1979–2014; Elementa
Semi-automated feature-tracking of East Antarctic sea ice from Envisat ASAR imagery; Remote Sensing of Environment
SIPEX 2012: extreme sea-ice and atmospheric conditions off East Antarctica; Deep-Sea Research II
Snow and Sea Ice; Sea Ice
Snow cover variability on East Antarctic sea ice during the austral winter; American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 11-15 December 1995
Snow in the changing sea-ice systems; Nature Climate Change
Snow in the sea ice system: friend or foe?; Sea Ice: Third Edition
Snow in the Sea Ice System: Friend or Foe?; Sea Ice
Snow on Antarctic sea ice; Review of Geophysics
Solve Antarctica’s sea-ice puzzle; Nature
Spatiotemporal dependence of Antarctic sea ice variability to dynamic and thermodynamic forcing: a coupled ocean–sea ice model study; Climate Dynamics
State of the Climate 2009: [Antarctica] Sea ice extent and concentration; Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
State of the Climate 2012: [Antarctica] Sea ice extent and concentration; Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
State of the Climate 2013: [Antarctica] Sea ice extent, concentration, and duration; Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Successive Antarctic sea ice extent records during 2012, 2013, and 2014 [in “State of the Climate in 2014”]; Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Technical Report: Sea ice reports for the season 2012-2013
Technical Report: Sea ice reports for the season 2013-2014
The biological significance of open water within the sea ice covers of the polar regions; Endeavour
The classification of Arctic Sea ice types and the determination of surface temperature using advanced very high resolution radiometer data; Journal of Geophysical Research
The distribution and formative processes of latent-heat polynyas in East Antarctica; Annals of Glaciology
The distribution of coastal latent heat polynyas in East Antarctica; Antarctica and Global Change: Interactions and Impacts
The effect of snow on Antarctic sea ice simulations in a coupled atmosphere-sea ice model; Climate Dynamics
The influence of winds, sea-surface temperature and precipitation anomalies on Antarctic regional sea-ice conditions during IPY 2007; Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography
The record 2013 Southern Hemisphere sea-ice extent maximum; Annals of Glaciology
The Role of Sea Ice in Arctic and Antarctic Polynyas; Polynyas: Windows to the World
The structure and properties of sea ice and snow cover in East Antarctic pack ice; Antarctic CRC Report
The Winter Snow Cover of the West Antarctic Pack Ice: Its Spatial and Temporal Variability; Antarctic Sea Ice: Physical Processes, Interactions and Variability
The winter snow cover of the west Antarctic pack ice: its spatial and temporal variability; Antarctic Sea Ice: Physical Processes, Interactions and Variability Antarctic Research Series
Thick- ness and extent of multi-year/multi-decadal fast ice east of Mertz Glacier, East Antarctica; International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly - Earth on the Edge: Science for a Sustainable Planet
Uncertainties in thickness estimates of floating ice when applying buoyancy assumption; International Symposium on Sea Ice in a Changing Environment
Under the sea ice: exploring the relationship between sea ice and the foraging behaviour of southern elephant seals in East Antarctica; Progress in Oceanography
Underwater robot produces first precise map of Antarctic sea ice depth
Validation of AMSR-E sea ice Antarctic parameters; Joint AMSR/AMSR-E Science Team Meeting
Validation of AVHRR and MODIS ice surface temperature products using in situ radiometers; Annals of Glaciology
Variability in sea ice cover and climate elicit sex specific responses in an Antarctic predator; Scientific Reports
West Antarctic Peninsula sea ice in 2005: Extreme ice compaction and ice edge retreat due to strong anomaly with respect to climate; Journal of Geophysical Research
Winter Conditions in East Antarctic Pack Ice: A Report On The 1995 HIHO HIHO Ice Drift & Deformation Experiment
Winter distribution and abundance of crabeater seals off George V Land, East Antarctica; Antarctic Science
Winter ocean/sea ice interactions studied in the East Antarctic; Eos: Transactions, American Geophysical Union
Winter snow cover on sea ice in the Weddell Sea; Journal of Geophysical Research
Winter snow cover variability on East Antarctic sea ice; Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans
Wintertime heat flux to the underside of east Antarctic pack ice; Journal of Geophysical Research
[Antarctica and Southern Ocean] Sea ice extent, concentration, and seasonality [in 'State of the Climate in 2018']; Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
[Antarctica] Sea ice extent, concentration, and seasonality [in “State of the Climate in 2016”]; Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

Research Projects

A Study of Antarctic Fast Ice Distribution Using Satellite Data; Australian Academy of Science (AASc)
Advancing Antarctic science with a new High Altitude Platform capability; Australian Research Council (ARC)
An integrated study of Antarctic land-fast sea ice physical and biological processes; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Detection of thin sea ice from Satellite-borne sensors; Antarctic Science Advisory Committee (ASAC)
Further Development of ICEMAPPER - a System to Automatically Classify Antarctic AVHRR Images; Antarctic Science Advisory Committee (ASAC)
Investigation of sea ice physical processes in East Antarctica during early Spring; Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA)
Large scale air-borne sea ice thickness measurements; Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA)
Remote Sensing Validation Experiment ; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Sea Ice Physics and Ecosystems Experiment II - an integrated study of physical and ecological sea ice processes off East Antarctica during spring; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)

Research Candidate Supervision

A combined remote sensing/modelling approach for the retrieval of sea ice thickness in East Antarctica Antarctica using remote sensing
Changes in the Morphology, Mass Balance, and Dynamics of Brown Glacier, Heard Island, with Comparison to the Surrounding Sub-Antarctic Islands
East Antarctic Landfast Sea-Ice Distribution and Variability
East Antarctic polynya climatology (92-99 AVHRR)
Interpreting passive microwave satellite imagery of the Antarctic continent
Investigation of Meteorological Events Preserved in High Resolution Snow Pit and Firn Core Records
Mapping UVB Radiation in the East Antarctic Sea Ice Zone
Measuring Snow Thickness Over Antarctic Sea Ice With a Helicopter-borne 2-8 GHz FMCW Radar
Modelling Cosmic Ray Ground Level Enhancements and Relativistic Solar Proton Acceleration
The role of polynyas in Antarctic Sea Ice processes