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Chad Greene

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 300-323

Pasadena, CA 91109



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Sea Level And Ice

NASA Postdoctoral Scholar


Dr. Chad A. Greene is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Sea Level and Ice Group of JPL's Earth Sciences Section. In his work he primarily uses satellite and airborne data to observe ice/ocean interactions and to assess the stability of the Antarctic Ice Sheet. Chad has a background in underwater acoustics, and he enjoys working at sea and in remote places. Chad has done field work in the Arctic, the Antarctic, the Baltic Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico.


  • Ph.D. Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, 2017. Dissertation: Drivers of change in East Antarctic ice shelves.
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2010. Thesis: Low frequency acoustic classification of methane hydrates.
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University, with honors, 2007. Minor: Mathematics.

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral research fellow at NASA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  • Editor for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Research Science Associate at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics.
  • Teaching Assistant for the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Graduate Research Assistant at Applied Research Laboratories, The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Currency Systems Engineering Intern at the Federal Reserve Bank, Richmond Virginia.

Research Interests

  • Remote sensing of the cryosphere using satellite images and altimetry data.
  • Observing ice/ocean interactions.
  • Collecting and analyzing geophysical data from airplanes, ships, and ground-based platforms in polar regions.
  • Writing well documented code.

Selected Publications

  1. Y. Nakayama, C.A. Greene, F.S. Paolo, V. Mensah, H. Zhang, H. Kashiwase, D. Simizu, J.S.Greenbaum, D.D. Blankenship, A. Abe-Ouchi, and S Aoki, 2020. Antarctic coastal freshening enhances melt at Totten Glacier. Submitted.
  2. C.A. Greene, A.S. Gardner, and L.C. Andrews, 2020. Detecting seasonal ice dynamics in satellite images. The Cryosphere Discussions, in review.
  3. W. Wei, D.D. Blankenship, J.S. Greenbaum, N. Gourmelen, C.F. Dow, T.G. Richter, C.A. Greene, D.A. Young, S.-H .Lee, T.-W. Kim, W.S. Lee, K.M. Assmann, 2020. Getz Ice Shelf melt enhanced by freshwater discharge from beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. The Cryosphere, 14, 1399–1408.
  4. C.A. Greene, K. Thirumalai, K.A. Kearney, J.M. Delgado, W. Schwanghart, N.S. Wolfenbarger, K.M. Thyng, D.E. Gwyther, A.S. Gardner, and D.D. Blankenship. The Climate Data Toolbox for MATLAB. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 20.
  5. C.A. Greene and K. Thirumalai, 2019. It's time to shift emphasis away from code sharing. Eos 100.
  6. C.A. Greene, D.A. Young, D.E. Gwyther, B.K. Galton-Fenzi, and D.D. Blankenship, 2018. Seasonal dynamics of Totten Ice Shelf controlled by sea ice buttressing. The Cryosphere, 12, 2869-2882.
  7. C.F. Dow, W.S. Lee, J.S. Greenbaum, C.A. Greene, D.D. Blankenship, K. Poinar, A.L. Forrest, D.A. Young, and C.J. Zappa, 2018. Basal channels drive active surface hydrology and transverse ice-shelf fracture. Science Advances, 4(6) eaao7212.
  8. C.A. Greene and D.D. Blankenship. A Method of Repeat Photoclinometry for Detecting Kilometer-Scale Ice Sheet Surface Evolution, 2018. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 56(4), 2074-2082.
  9. C.A. Greene, D.D. Blankenship, D.E. Gwyther, A. Silvano, and E. van Wijk, 2017. Wind causes Totten Ice Shelf melt and acceleration. Science Advances, 3(11) e1701681.
  10. C.A. Greene, D.E. Gwyther, and D.D. Blankenship. Antarctic Mapping Tools for Matlab, 2017. Computers and Geosciences 104 151-157.
  11. K.M. Thyng, C.A. Greene, R.D. Hetland, H.M. Zimmerle, and S.F. DiMarco, 2016. True colors of oceanography: Guidelines for effective and accurate colormap selection. Oceanography, 29(3) 9-13.
  12. C.J. Wilson, P.S. Wilson, C.A. Greene, K.H. Dunton, 2013. Seagrass meadows provide an acoustic refuge for estuarine fish. Marine Ecology Progress Series 472 117-127.
  13. C.A. Greene and P.S. Wilson. Laboratory investigation of a passive acoustic method for measurement of underwater gas seep ebullition, 2011. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 131(1) EL61-EL66.
  14. C.J. Wilson, P.S. Wilson, C.A. Greene, and K.H. Dunton. Seagrass leaves in 3-D: Using computed tomography and low-frequency acoustics to investigate the material properties of seagrass tissue, 2010. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 395(1) 128-134.