I have a Glaciology and Atmospheric Sciences background with expertise in satellite and airborne remote sensing. The main area of my research include mass balance of ice sheets and ice shelves. I study physical processes that impact the mass balance and stability of ice sheets and ice shelves, ice-atmosphere and ice-ocean interactions using a combination of satellite remote sensing, airborne radar and laser altimeter, ground based measurements, and modeling.
I did my Ph.D in Atmospheric Physics from Indian Space Research Organization in 2007 where I worked on radiative transfer algorithms to retrieve marine aerosols from satellite data. After briefly working on estimating snow depth in the Himalayas, in 2007 I came as a postdoc to University of Alaska Fairbanks to work on mass balance of Alaskan glaciers using airborne laser altimetry.
In 2010, I came to Lamont-Doherty Earth observatory to work on surface processes impacting surface mass balance of Antarctica. I am now an Associate Research Professor and my work has evolved to include both surface and basal processes of ice sheets and ice shelves. I also work on paleo observations of accumulation rates and climate history of Greenland ice sheet.
My active projects include NERC-NSF funded ITGC project PROPHET for which I am the institutional PI. I use airborne radar to study ocean water intrusion in the grounding line of Thwaites. I compare observed bed slippery conditions with ice sheet modeled drag and friction.
I serve as a committee member on the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM). I am also a council member of the International Glaciological Society (IGS) and on the Organizing Committee of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Meeting.
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