Melchior van Wessem


My latest paper on meltwater pond formation thresholds and potential for ice shelf hydrofracture is accepted!


No planned conferences as I have 2 young kids

No current teaching


Welcome on my website! Before you go on exploring my site, here is a short introduction: I am Melchior van Wessem, a PostDoctoral researcher at the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht (IMAU) in the Ice & Climate group. I study the Antarctic climate and surface mass balance using the regional atmospheric climate model RACMO2. I started working here in 2011 as a PhD-student, which I succesfully finished in March 2016. Now I am doing a PostDoc on my personal Veni-grant at IMAU, basically continuing my previous work. In my project I am setting up several RACMO2 runs at high- resolution, with a focus on surface meltwater production in present-day and future climates. Find out some more about this on my website!

Current work

The main things I am currently working on:

1. A paper about meltwater pond formation thresholds is about to be published. Keep an eye out on the internet ;-) It will be in Nature Climate Change!

2. Keeping up-to date the RACMO2.3p2 runs for Antarctica

3. Preparing for my next steps in my working life, as my current postdoc ends next August.