Peter Kuipers Munneke
Polar scientist

NEW PAPER! Estimating Larsen C SMB

Using a lot of field data from several measurement campaigns between 2008 and 2015, we reconstruct spatial patterns of surface mass balance over the Larsen C ice shelf. We assimilate RACMO2 SMB to the available observations to show that SMB is highly variable: from 200 mm w.e. per year in the northeast to over 700 mm w.e. in the southwestern inlets.

Updated Greenland mass loss

Using the mass budget method, our new study in The Cryosphere shows that mass loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet has been 12 ± 6 mm since 1991, making it a major contributor to global mean sea level rise.

About me

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the field of glaciology and polar meteorology at the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU), part of Utrecht University, The Netherlands.


Ice and Climate

> Glaciers Online - Glaciology for the layman
> Antarctic Glaciers - A wealth of information about Antarctic glaciology
> International Glaciological Society - The professional glaciological organization
> Gletscherarchiv - An archive of glaciers in the Alps
> NSIDC/WDC glacier photos - Mainly Alaska and Canada
> Peter G. Knight's glacier pages - Pictures, quizzes etc.
> Skeptical science - Excellent scientific climate blog
> RealClimate - Authoritative blog on climate science


> Bimhuis - The jazz temple of Amsterdam
> Lantaren-Venster - Rotterdam venue with good jazz programme
> AllMusic - Exhaustive resource on (jazz) music


> Die Bahn - Ultimate resource for European train travel
> Merriam-Webster Online - Outstanding online English dictionary
> Interglot - Excellent hexalingual dictionary
> Ticket to ride - Exhilarating yet simple board game
> Kitchen converter - Useful ingredients from mass to volume

Longyearbyen Airport, Svalbard (PKM 2004)