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Kevin Bulthuis

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 300-323

Pasadena, CA 91109



Curriculum Vitae:

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Sea Level And Ice

Postdoctoral Researcher


I am interested in assessing the impact of uncertainties in ice-sheet model projections, particularly on the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. More specifically, I am working on developing and applying methods from the field of uncertainty quantification to numerical ice sheet models like the Ice-sheet and Sea-level System Model (ISSM) developed at JPL. These methods help provide more robust and reliable estimates of the future ice-sheet contribution to sea-level changes.


  • Ph. D. in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering & Geosciences, Université de Liège & Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium (2020)
  • M.Sc. in Engineering Physics, Université de Liège, Belgium (2015)
  • B. Sc. In Engineering, Université de Liège, Belgium (2013)

Professional Experience

  • NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (2020)
  • Teaching Assistant, Université de Liège, Belgium (2019-2020)
  • F.R.S-FNRS Research Fellow, Université de Liège & Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium (2015-2019).

Research Interests

  • Sea-level rise projections
  • Ice-sheet modelling
  • Uncertainty quantification in sea-level rise projections and ice-sheet models

Selected Awards

  • NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship (2020)
  • F.R.S-FNRS Research Fellowship (2015)

Selected Publications

  1. V. Coulon, K. Bulthuis, P. L. Whitehouse, S. Sun, K. Haubner, L. Zipf, and F. Pattyn (2021). Contrasting response of West and East Antarctic ice sheets to glacial isostatic adjustment. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 126, e2020JF006003,
  2. M. Arnst, C. Soize, and K. Bulthuis (2021). Computation of Sobol indices in global sensitivity analysis from small data sets by probabilitsit learning on manifolds, International Journal on Uncertainty Quantification, 11, 1-23,
  3. K. Bulthuis, F. Pattyn, and M. Arnst (2020). A multifidelity quantile-based approach for confidence sets of random excursion sets with application to ice-sheet dynamics. SIAM/ASA Journal on Uncertainty Quantification, 8, 860-890,
  4. E. Hanna, F. Pattyn, F. Navarro, V. Favier, H. Goelzer, M. R. van den Broeke, M. V. Pippa, L. Whitehouse, C. Ritz, K. Bulthuis, and B. Smith (2020). Mass balance of the ice sheets and glaciers - progress since AR5 and challenges. Earth-Science Reviews, 201, 102976,
  5. K. Bulthuis, M. Arnst, S. Sun, and F. Pattyn (2019). Uncertainty quantification of the multi-centennial response of the Antarctic ice sheet to climate change. The Cryosphere, 13, 1349-1380,