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Ph.D., Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California
B.Sc. Physics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
- Ice sheet and glacier dynamics
- Fracture mechanics
- Sea level rise
- Planetary science
- Complex systems
The broad theme of my research is studying the often complicated array of dynamic processes that affect the evolution of ice sheets and glaciers and how they interact with and respond to past, present and future climate change. One of the ice sheet processes that my research targets is improving our understanding if the mechanics of iceberg calving- a process that accounts for up to two thirds of the mass discharged from the cryosphere to the ocean. Not only does this have important implications for century time-scale sea level rise, but because fractures can propagate very quickly, iceberg calving introduces a “fast” time-scale into the response of the ice sheets to climate change that is not accounted for in numerical models.
Interested undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to drop me an email to learn more about opportunities for cryospheric research within my research group.
Bassis, J.N., (2011), The statistical physics of iceberg calving and the emergence of universal calving laws, Journal of Glaciology, 57(2010), 3-16. Profiled
Walter, F., S. O’Neel, D.E. McNamara, T. Pfeffer, J.N. Bassis and H.A. Fricker., (2010), Iceberg calving during transition from grounded to floating ice: Columbia Glacier, Alaska. Geophysical Research Letters, 37(15), L15501. (10.1029/2010GL043201.) Editors highlight
Bassis, J.N., (2010) , Hamilton’s Principle Applied to Ice Sheet Dynamics: New approximations for the large-scale flow of ice sheets, Journal of Glaciology, (56)97, 497-513
D.R. MacAyeal, E.A. Okal, R. Aster and J.N. Bassis, (2009), Seismic Observations of Glaciogenic Ocean Waves (Micro-Tsunamis) on Icebergs and Ice Shelves, Journal of Glaciology, (55)190, 193-206
Alley, R.B., I. Joughin, H.J. Horgan, T.K. Dupont, B.R. Parizek, S. Anandakrishan, K.M. Cuffey, J.N. Bassis, (2008), A Simple Law for Ice-Shelf Calving (2008), Science, Vol. 322. No. 5906, p. 1344.
Bassis, J.N., The Physics of Ice Sheets, (2008), in special International Polar Year edition of Physics Education, 43(4).
MacAyeal, D.R., E. Okal, R. Aster, J.N. Bassis, (2008), Seismic and Hydro-Acoustic Tremor Generated by Colliding Icebergs, Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, doi:10.1029/2008JF001005.
Bassis, J.N., H.A. Fricker. R. Coleman, Y. Bock, J. Behrens, D. Darnell, M. Okal, J.B Minster, (2008), An Investigation Into the Forces that Drive Ice Shelf Rift Propagation, Journal of Glaciology. 184(54), 17-27. Profiled
Bassis, J.N., H.A. Fricker, J.B, (2007), Seismicity and Deformation Associated with Ice Shelf Rift Propagation, Journal of Glaciology, 183(53), 523-536. Profiled
Jansen, V., Coleman, R., J.N. Bassis, (2009), GPS-derived Strain Rates on an Active Ice Shelf Rift, Survey Review, (41)311, p. 14-25.
MacAyeal, D., E. Okal, J.N. Bassis, et al., (2006), Transoceanic wave propagation links iceberg calving margins of Antarctica with storms in Tropics and Northern Hemisphere, Geophysical Research Letters 33, doi:10.1029/2006GL027235.
Fricker, H.A., N. W. Young, R. Coleman, J. N. Bassis, J.B. Minster, (2005), Multi-year monitoring of rift propagation on the Amery Ice Shelf, East Antarctica, Geophysical Research Letters., 32, L02502, doi:10.1029/2004GL021036.
Bassis, J. N., R. Coleman, H. A. Fricker, J. B. Minster, (2005), Episodic propagation of a rift on the Amery Ice Shelf, East Antarctica, Geophysical Research Letters, 32, L06502, doi:10.1029/2004GL022048.
Fricker H. A., J.N. Bassis, J.B. Minster, D. R. MacAyeal, (2005), ICESat's new perspective on ice shelf rifts: The vertical dimension, Geophysical Reseach Letters, 32, L23S08, doi:10.1029/2005GL025070.
Martinez, M., H. Harder, T.A. Kovacs, J.B. Simpas, J.N. Bassis, et al., (2003), OH and HO2 concentrations, sources, and loss rates during the Southern Oxidants Study in Nashville, Tennessee, summer 1999, Journal of Geophysical Research, 108 (D19), 4617, doi:10.1029/2003JD003551.