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David Matthew Chandler

Senior Researcher

+47 56 10 75 77
Jahnebakken 5, 5007 Bergen, Norway

I am primarily a glaciologist. My research focuses on processes at the base of ice sheets, in particular on how friction, subglacial hydrology and sediment deformation influence ice flow. This work has included hydrological tracing experiments in Greenland, and numerical simulations of the Antarctic Ice Sheet with the ‘PISM’ ice sheet model.

I am also interested in how the response of the Antarctic Ice Sheet to previous climates can help us constrain projections of future ice sheet evolution.

One interesting period is the Last Interglacial (about 130,000 years ago), when the climate in the Southern Hemisphere high latitudes was only a little warmer than present, but sea level was several metres higher.

As part of the EU-funded TiPACCs project, I have been compiling climate reconstructions and running ice sheet simulations covering the last 2 glacial cycles (220,000 years). These simulations will help us understand Antarctica’s contribution to the higher sea-level during the last interglacial, and will provide an indication of whether the ice sheet could make this contribution again under projected future warming.

David Matthew Chandler


Climate & Environment

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Earth Systems

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Southern Ocean sea surface temperature synthesis: Part 2. Penultimate glacial and last interglacial – Quaternary Science Reviews 2021
Southern Ocean sea surface temperature synthesis: Part 1. Evaluation of temperature proxies at glacial-interglacial time scales – Quaternary Science Reviews 2021
Rapid development and persistence of efficient subglacial drainage under 900 m-thick ice in Greenland – Earth and Planetary Science Letters 2021
Observations of late-winter marine microbial activity in an ice-covered fjord, west Greenland – Earth System Science Data 2020
The Greenland Ice Sheet as a hot spot of phosphorus weathering and export in the Arctic – Global Biogeochemical Cycles 2016
Sources, cycling and export of nitrogen on the Greenland Ice Sheet – Biogeosciences 2016
The effect of warming climate on nutrient and solute export from the Greenland Ice Sheet – Geochemical Perspectives Letters 2015
Seasonal changes of ice surface characteristics and productivity in the ablation zone of the Greenland Ice Sheet – The Cryosphere 2015
Different bulk and active bacterial communities in cryoconite from the margin and interior of the Greenland ice sheet – Environmental Microbiology Reports 2015
Greenland Ice Sheet exports labile organic carbon to the Arctic oceans – Biogeosciences 2014
Evolution of the subglacial drainage system beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet revealed by tracers – Nature Geoscience 2013
Theory and numerical modeling of electrical self‐potential signatures of unsaturated flow in melting snow – Water Resources Research 2012
Optimising ice flow law parameters using borehole deformation measurements and numerical modelling – Geophysical Research Letters 2008
Quantifying sample bias in clast fabric measurements – Sedimentology 2008
A Monte Carlo error analysis for basal sliding velocity calculations – Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Earth Surface 2006
Basal ice motion and deformation at the ice-sheet margin, West Greenland – Annals of Glaciology 2005
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