Cryosphere & Climate Lab

Luke D. Trusel, Rowan University



The Cyrosphere & Climate Lab (CryoLab) is the research group of Dr. Luke Trusel in the Department of Geology and School of Earth & Environment at Rowan University.

Our research explores the response of Earth's ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland to past, ongoing, and future climate change.

We integrate observations, ice cores, and climate models to contextualize recent change and elucidate connections between the polar regions and the broader Earth system.

Fundamentally, we seek to understand how climate impacts the ice sheets, and in turn, what these changes mean for us.


Recent news & events

December 2018: New lead paper in Nature! Nonlinear rise in Greenland runoff in response to post-industrial Arctic warming was published December 5, 2018!

  • See our accompanying website for a broad overview of the science and its implications. More to come soon.

November 2018: We have a (second) new paper out in Nature Climate Change: “Antarctic surface hydrology and impacts on ice-sheet mass balance” was published online today, November 19, 2018.

November 2018: New paper “The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets under 1.5 °C global warming” led by Frank Pattyn, Catherine Ritz, and Edward Hanna published in Nature Climate Change!

September 2018: We are seeking to build a partnership with a nearby high school science teacher to develop hands-on lessons using satellite observations of Antarctic ice shelves.

  • Update! We are pleased to be partnering with Penny Rodrick-Williams of Tower Hill School in Wilmington, DE!

August 2018: The CryoLab was featured in a news article by Rowan University.

August 2018: Co-authored paper led by Kristin Schild on ice-ocean interactions and glacier calving in Svalbard published in Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface.

June 2018: Led two presentations at the SCAR/IASC POLAR 2018 meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

June 2018: Research project to investigate Antarctic surface mass balance funded by NASA Cryosphere Science Program. This is a collaborative project between Rowan, University of Colorado, and University of Maryland.

April 2018: CryoLab undergrad, Leanne Cioffi, presented her research, “Predicting the next big ‘berg: assessing rift propagation on Larsen D ice shelf, Antarctica” at the Rowan University STEM Symposium.

April 2018: Co-authored paper led by Melchior van Wessem on modeling Antarctic climate published in The Cryosphere.

April 2018: Co-organized and participated in Vast and Vanishing: Art and Science Perspectives on Climate Change panel discussion, coinciding with artwork exhibit by Diane Burko at the Rowan University Art Gallery. See news feature in The Whit.

February 2018: Co-led and organized NSF-funded Workshop on Antarctic Surface Hydrology and Future Ice-shelf Stability at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

November 2017: Presented a research seminars at Rutgers University Department of Geography and Temple University Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

November 2017: Co-authored paper led by Jan Lenaerts on high resolution modeling of West Antarctic surface mass balance processes published in Annals of Glaciology.

October 2017: Research seminar presented as part of the Pegrum Lecture Series in the Department of Geology at University at Buffalo.

September 2017: Research seminar presented at the Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

August 2017: Work commences on NSF-funded project on Antarctic ice shelf surface melting and supraglacial lakes!

June 2017: Multi-authored paper led by Ted Scambos on the state of Thwaites Glacier and its potential future evolution published in Global and Planetary Change.

June 2017: Gave invited presentation at the Community Earth System Model (CESM) Workshop in Boulder, CO.