Rachel Louise Tilling

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Rachel Louise Tilling

  • Assistant Research Scientist
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Employer: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
  • Brief Bio

    Rachel joined the Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory in May 2019 as an Assistant Research Scientist, where her research focuses on using satellites to monitor changes in the global sea ice cover. Rachel's research has taken her on expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic with the European Space Agency (ESA) and British Antarctic Survey (BAS), where she investigates ground-based radar measurements over sea ice for satellite validation. 

    Research Interests

    Satellite radar and laser altimetry; sea ice; field validation of satellite data

    Positions/Employment

    2019 - Present

    Assistant Research Scientist

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/University of Maryland, Greenbelt, MD, USA
    2016 - 2019

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

    Education

    2016                         PhD Polar Remote Sensing                                                                                       
                                     University College London, London, UK                          

    2012                         MSc Oceanography                                                                                                    
                                     University of Southampton, Southampton, UK                                 

    2011                         BSc Physics                                                                                                                                                                                University of Bristol, Bristol, UK                                                                     
     

    Awards

    2018                         Committee on Space Research (COSPAR)                                                                                                          Outstanding Paper Award for Young Scientists

                                     Women In Aerospace (WIA) Europe
                                     Young Professional Award

    2016                         International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS)                                                                               Early Career Scientist Prize

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Horvat, C., L. A. Roach, R. Tilling, et al. C. M. Bitz, B. Fox-Kemper, C. Guider, K. Hill, A. Ridout, and A. Shepherd. 2019. "Estimating the sea ice floe size distribution using satellite altimetry: theory, climatology, and model comparison." The Cryosphere, 13 (11): 2869-2885 [10.5194/tc-13-2869-2019]

    Tilling, R., A. Ridout, and A. Shepherd. 2019. "Assessing the Impact of Lead and Floe Sampling on Arctic Sea Ice Thickness Estimates from Envisat and CryoSat‐2." Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 124 (11): 7473-7485 [10.1029/2019jc015232]

    Lawrence, I. R., T. W. Armitage, M. C. Tsamados, et al. J. C. Stroeve, S. Dinardo, A. L. Ridout, A. Muir, R. L. Tilling, and A. Shepherd. 2019. "Extending the Arctic sea ice freeboard and sea level record with the Sentinel-3 radar altimeters." Advances in Space Research, (In Press) [10.1016/j.asr.2019.10.011]

    Schröder, D., D. L. Feltham, M. Tsamados, A. Ridout, and R. Tilling. 2019. "New insight from CryoSat-2 sea ice thickness for sea ice modelling." The Cryosphere, 13 (1): 125-139 [10.5194/tc-13-125-2019]

    Allard, R. A., S. L. Farrell, D. A. Hebert, et al. W. F. Johnston, L. Li, N. T. Kurtz, M. W. Phelps, P. G. Posey, R. Tilling, A. Ridout, and A. J. Wallcraft. 2018. "Utilizing CryoSat-2 sea ice thickness to initialize a coupled ice-ocean modeling system." Advances in Space Research, 62 (6): 1265-1280 [10.1016/j.asr.2017.12.030]

    Tilling, R. L., A. Ridout, and A. Shepherd. 2018. "Estimating Arctic sea ice thickness and volume using CryoSat-2 radar altimeter data." Advances in Space Research, 62 (6): 1203-1225 [10.1016/j.asr.2017.10.051]

    Tilling, R. L., A. Ridout, and A. Shepherd. 2016. "Near-real-time Arctic sea ice thickness and volume from CryoSat-2." The Cryosphere, 10 (5): 2003-2012 [10.5194/tc-10-2003-2016]

    Tilling, R. L., A. Ridout, A. Shepherd, and D. J. Wingham. 2015. "Increased Arctic sea ice volume after anomalously low melting in 2013." Nature Geoscience, 8 (8): 643-646 [10.1038/ngeo2489]

    Brief Bio

    Rachel joined the Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory in May 2019 as an Assistant Research Scientist, where her research focuses on using satellites to monitor changes in the global sea ice cover. Rachel's research has taken her on expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic with the European Space Agency (ESA) and British Antarctic Survey (BAS), where she investigates ground-based radar measurements over sea ice for satellite validation. 

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Horvat, C., L. A. Roach, R. Tilling, et al. C. M. Bitz, B. Fox-Kemper, C. Guider, K. Hill, A. Ridout, and A. Shepherd. 2019. "Estimating the sea ice floe size distribution using satellite altimetry: theory, climatology, and model comparison." The Cryosphere 13 (11): 2869-2885 [10.5194/tc-13-2869-2019]

    Tilling, R., A. Ridout, and A. Shepherd. 2019. "Assessing the Impact of Lead and Floe Sampling on Arctic Sea Ice Thickness Estimates from Envisat and CryoSat‐2." Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 124 (11): 7473-7485 [10.1029/2019jc015232]

    Lawrence, I. R., T. W. Armitage, M. C. Tsamados, et al. J. C. Stroeve, S. Dinardo, A. L. Ridout, A. Muir, R. L. Tilling, and A. Shepherd. 2019. "Extending the Arctic sea ice freeboard and sea level record with the Sentinel-3 radar altimeters." Advances in Space Research (In Press) [10.1016/j.asr.2019.10.011]

    Schröder, D., D. L. Feltham, M. Tsamados, A. Ridout, and R. Tilling. 2019. "New insight from CryoSat-2 sea ice thickness for sea ice modelling." The Cryosphere 13 (1): 125-139 [10.5194/tc-13-125-2019]

    Allard, R. A., S. L. Farrell, D. A. Hebert, et al. W. F. Johnston, L. Li, N. T. Kurtz, M. W. Phelps, P. G. Posey, R. Tilling, A. Ridout, and A. J. Wallcraft. 2018. "Utilizing CryoSat-2 sea ice thickness to initialize a coupled ice-ocean modeling system." Advances in Space Research 62 (6): 1265-1280 [10.1016/j.asr.2017.12.030]

    Tilling, R. L., A. Ridout, and A. Shepherd. 2018. "Estimating Arctic sea ice thickness and volume using CryoSat-2 radar altimeter data." Advances in Space Research 62 (6): 1203-1225 [10.1016/j.asr.2017.10.051]

    Tilling, R. L., A. Ridout, and A. Shepherd. 2016. "Near-real-time Arctic sea ice thickness and volume from CryoSat-2." The Cryosphere 10 (5): 2003-2012 [10.5194/tc-10-2003-2016]

    Tilling, R. L., A. Ridout, A. Shepherd, and D. J. Wingham. 2015. "Increased Arctic sea ice volume after anomalously low melting in 2013." Nature Geoscience 8 (8): 643-646 [10.1038/ngeo2489]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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