Iluliaq means iceberg in Greenlandic.
I am a researcher in glaciology, climate change and polar environments at the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI), Tromsø, Norway. On this website I write in Swedish about my work and travel.
I currently work in the MADICE (Mass balance, dynamics, and climate of the central Dronning Maud Land coast, East Antarctica) project at the Norwegian Polar Institute. The Antarctic Ice Sheet is not a deadly cold, silent place. Its coastal region where the ice meets ocean can rapidly change in decades or in centuries, but such features in Dronning Maud Land (DML) remain largely unknown. This project collaborates with India’s Antarctic programme to investigate floating ice shelves and adjacent grounded ice in central DML using logistics support from India’s Maitri Station.
I have conducted field campaigns in 2016–17 and 2017–18 during the Antarctic summer (November–January) to measure bed topography under the ice, ice-flow fields, and temporal changes of ice thicknesses of the ice shelves and ice rises that are locally grounded and surrounded by ice shelves. Our Indian collaborators collected ice cores from the ice rises, and we have also analyzed satellite data.
From November 2015 to January 2016, I took a sabbatical from my work at NPI and travelled to the Transantarctic Mountains with an American research group from IUPUI. Here are som pictures from the fieldwork (text in Swedish).
I have also worked at the Norwegian Polar Institute in the TIGRIF (Tidewater Glacier Retreat Impact on Fjord circulation and ecosystems) project in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, which aims to improve our understanding of how ongoing retreat of fjord-terminating glaciers will impact future fjord circulation and exchanges with the ocean, and how these factors together affect the local marine ecosystem. Here are som pictures from the fieldwork (text in Swedish).
During my PhD studies at Uppsala University, Sweden, I was responsible for collecting, processing and analyzing ice penetrating radar data in an interdisciplinary project in West Greenland. My PhD thesis have the title ”Hydrology and Bed Topography of the Greenland Ice Sheet – Last known surroundings”