William Colgan

Senior Researcher

  • Øster Voldgade 10
    1350 Copenhagen K

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I study the response of Earth's ice sheets to our changing climate. This involves combining satellite observations of 'when' and 'where' we are losing ice with simulations of how the ice sheets may evolve under future climate. I have a strong interest in subglacial processes — meaning what's happening at the ice-bed interface — beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet. In addition to assessing ice-sheet health, my current projects involve investigating geothermal hot springs beneath glaciers and understanding why mega-crevasses are appearing very far inland in Greenland in recent decades. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Investigating the influence of surface meltwater on the ice dynamics of the Greenland Ice Sheet, University of Colorado Boulder

Award Date: 16 Dec 2011

Master, Reconstructing the recent accumulation history and mass balance trends for high elevation regions of the Devon Island Ice Cap in the Canadian Arctic, University of Alberta

Award Date: 23 Nov 2007

External positions

Adjunct Professor, York University


  • QE Geology
  • QC Physics
  • GB Physical geography

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 5: Nature and Climate


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