Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Kelly M Brunt


Kelly M Brunt's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.286.5943
Org Code: 615
Mail Code 615
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Brief Bio

Dr. Kelly Brunt is a Research Scientist with the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC), at the University of Maryland. She currently has an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment with the National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs, where she is a Program Director for both the Arctic Sciences and Antarctic Sciences sections. She is also affiliated with the Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory, at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, as part of the NASA Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite 2 (ICESat-2) mission. She obtained a B.S. in Geology from Syracuse University and an M.S. in Geology from the University of Montana. She received her Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Chicago in 2008, modeling ice-shelf flow and the connection between the ocean and the margins of the Antarctic Ice Sheet. As a postdoctoral scholar at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, she used ICESat laser altimetry data to examine the structure of the grounded margins of our polar ice sheets. Her broader interests include the remote-sensing and modeling of Greenland and Antarctica.


Ph.D., Geophysics (Glaciology), University of Chicago (2008)

M.S., Geology (Tectonics and Paleomagnetism), University of Montana (1997)

B.S., Geology, Syracuse University (1993)



2022. "Accelerating Ice Loss From Peripheral Glaciers in North Greenland." Geophysical Research Letters 49 (12): [10.1029/2022gl098915] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Passive ground-based optical techniques for monitoring the on-orbit ICESat-2 altimeter geolocation and footprint diameter." Earth and Space Science 8 (10): e2020EA001414 [10.1029/2020EA001414] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Projected seismic activity at the Tiger Stripe Fractures on Enceladus, Saturn from an analog study of tidally modulated icequakes within the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets [] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Comparisons of Satellite and Airborne Altimetry With Ground‐Based Data From the Interior of the Antarctic Ice Sheet." Geophysical Research Letters 48 (2): [10.1029/2020gl090572] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "ICESat‐2 melt depth retrievals: application to surface melt on Amery Ice Shelf, East Antarctica." Geophysical Research Letters [10.1029/2020gl090550] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Using ICESat-2 and Operation IceBridge altimetry for supraglacial lake depth retrievals." The Cryosphere 14 (11): 4253-4263 [10.5194/tc-14-4253-2020] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Greenland Ice Sheet Elevation Change: Direct Observation of Process and Attribution at Summit." Geophysical Research Letters 47 (22): [10.1029/2020gl088864] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Early ICESat-2 on-orbit Geolocation Validation Using Ground-Based Corner Cube Retro-Reflectors." Remote Sensing 12 (21): 3653 [10.3390/rs12213653] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Pervasive ice sheet mass loss reflects competing ocean and atmosphere processes." Science eaaz5845 [10.1126/science.aaz5845] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Assessment of ICESat‐2 ice sheet surface heights, based on comparisons over the interior of the Antarctic Ice Sheet." Geophysical Research Letters 46 [10.1029/2019GL084886] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "New Earth Orbiter Provides a Sharper Look at a Changing Planet." Eos 100 [10.1029/2019eo133233] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "The Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite – 2 mission: A global geolocated photon product derived from the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System." Remote Sensing of Environment 233 111325 [10.1016/j.rse.2019.111325] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Land ice height-retrieval algorithm for NASA's ICESat-2 photon-counting laser altimeter." Remote Sensing of Environment 111352 [10.1016/j.rse.2019.111352] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Assessment of altimetry using ground-based GPS data from the 88S Traverse, Antarctica, in support of ICESat-2." The Cryosphere 13 (2): 579-590 [10.5194/tc-13-579-2019] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "A terrestrial validation of ICESat elevation measurements." IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 57 (9): 6946–6959 [10.1109/TGRS.2019.2909739] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Radiometric calibration of a non-imaging airborne spectrometer to measure the Greenland Ice Sheet surface." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques Discussions 1-37 [10.5194/amt-2018-170] [Journal Article/Letter]

2018. "Performance Analysis of Airborne Photon-Counting Lidar Data in Preparation for the ICESat-2 Mission." IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing PP (99): 1-8 [10.1109/tgrs.2017.2786659] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "ICESAT/GLAS Altimetry Measurements: Received Signal Dynamic Range and Saturation Correction." IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 1-15 [10.1109/tgrs.2017.2702126] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "How much, how fast?: A science review and outlook for research on the instability of Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier in the 21st century." Global and Planetary Change 153 16-34 [10.1016/j.gloplacha.2017.04.008] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "Assessment of NASA airborne laser altimetry data using ground-based GPS data near Summit Station, Greenland." The Cryosphere 11 (2): 681-692 [10.5194/tc-11-681-2017] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "The Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2): Science requirements, concept, and implementation." Remote Sensing of Environment 190 260-273 [10.1016/j.rse.2016.12.029] [Journal Article/Letter]

2016. "Inland and Near Shore Water Profiles Derived from the High Altitude, Multiple Altimeter Beam Experimental Lidar (MABEL)." Journal of Coastal Research (Special Issue 76): 44-55 [10.2112/SI76-005] [Journal Article/Letter]

2016. "MABEL photon-counting laser altimetry data in Alaska for ICESat-2 simulations and development." The Cryosphere 10 (4): 1707-1719 [10.5194/tc-10-1707-2016] [Journal Article/Letter]

2015. "What Instruments are Available for Polar Studies?." Eos 96 [10.1029/2015EO026855] [Journal Article/Letter]

2015. "Sea ice freeboard retrieval using digital photon-counting laser altimetry." Annals of Glaciology 56 (69): 167-174 [10.3189/2015AoG69A686] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "A range correction for ICESat and its potential impact on ice-sheet mass balance studies." The Cryosphere 8 (2): 345-357 [10.5194/tc-8-345-2014] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "Ice-shelf flexure and tidal forcing of Bindschadler Ice Stream, West Antarctica." Earth and Planetary Science Letters 395 184-193 [10.1016/j.epsl.2014.03.049] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "Determination of Local Slope on the Greenland Ice Sheet Using a Multibeam Photon-Counting Lidar in Preparation for the ICESat-2 Mission." IEEE Geosci. Remote Sensing Lett. 11 (5): 935-939 [10.1109/LGRS.2013.2282217] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "Profiling Sea Ice with a Multiple Altimeter Beam Experimental Lidar (MABEL)." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 31 (5): 1151-1168 [10.1175/JTECH-D-13-00120.1] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "Antarctic analog for dilational bands on Europa." Earth and Planetary Science Letters 401 275-283 [10.1016/j.epsl.2014.05.015] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "Tidal modulation of ice-shelf flow: a viscous model of the Ross Ice Shelf." Journal of Glaciology 60 (221): 500-508 [10.3189/2014JoG13J203] [Journal Article/Letter]

2011. "Analysis of ice plains of Filchner/Ronne Ice Shelf Antarctica using ICESat laser altimetry." Journal of Glaciolog 57 (205): 965-975 [10.3189/002214311798043753] [Journal Article/Letter]

2011. "Getting around Antarctica: new high-resolution mappings of the grounded and freely-floating boundaries of the Antarctic ice sheet created for the International Polar Year." The Cryosphere 5 (3): 569-588 [10.5194/tc-5-569-2011] [Journal Article/Letter]

2011. "Antarctic ice-shelf calving triggered by the Honshu (Japan) earthquake and tsunami, March 2011." Journal of Glaciology 57 (205): 785-788 [10.3189/002214311798043681] [Journal Article/Letter]

2010. "Mapping the grounding zone of the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica, using ICESat laser altimetry." Annals of Glaciology 51 (55): 71-79 [10.3189/172756410791392790] [Journal Article/Letter]

2010. "Flow of the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica, is modulated by the ocean tide." Journal of Glaciology 56 (195): 157-161 [10.3189/002214310791190875] [Journal Article/Letter]

2009. "Mapping the grounding zone of the Amery Ice Shelf, East Antarctica using InSAR, MODIS and ICESat." Antarctic Science 21 (5): 515-532 [10.1017/S095410200999023X] [Journal Article/Letter]

2008. "Tabular iceberg collisions within the coastal regime." Journal of Glaciology 54 (185): 371-386 [10.3189/002214308784886180] [Journal Article/Letter]

2006. "Transoceanic wave propagation links iceberg calving margins of Antarctica with storms in tropics and Northern Hemisphere." Geophysical Research Letters 33 (17): L17502 [10.1029/2006GL027235] [Journal Article/Letter]

2006. "Observations of unusual fast-ice conditions in the southwest Ross Sea, Antarctica: preliminary analysis of iceberg and storminess effects." Annals of Glaciology 44 (1): 183-187 [10.3189/172756406781811754] [Journal Article/Letter]