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Curriculum Vitae:

Ian Fenty

  • Ph.D., Climate Physics and Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, (2003-2010)
  • Bachelor of Science, System Dynamics Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA (2001-2005)

Research Interests

Climate dynamics: coupled ice-atmosphere-ocean variability, quantitative estimation and attribution of high-latitude climate variability. Numerical modeling: high resolution coupled sea ice-ocean general circulation models. Observation systems: remote sensing platforms, geophysical transfer algorithms, adaptive/targeted observation system design. Model-data synthesis: strategies for efficient state estimation, adjoint optimization, model/data error estimation.


ECCO-IcES is a project that aims to produce increasingly accurate syntheses of all available global-scale ocean and sea-ice data at resolutions that start to resolve ocean eddies.

The "Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean" (ECCO) produces descriptions of the complete time-evolving state of the ocean by synthesizing nearly all extant observations with state-of-the-art models.

OMG (Oceans Melting Greenland) Icon OMG (Oceans Melting Greenland)
OMG uses the GLISTIN-A radar to measure Greenland's receding glaciers, air-dropped ocean sensors to measure the nearby oceans, as well as ship-based sonar and airborne gravity to map the depth and shape of the sea floor around the glaciers.

Professional Experience
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech Pasadena, CA Scientist II (2013-Present)
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech Pasadena, CA NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship (2010-2013)
  • Icosystem Corporation Paris, France and Cambridge, MA, Business Consultant + Dynamical System Modeller, (2001-2003)

Selected Publications
  • Fenty, I., D. Menemenlis, H. Zhang, 2017, Global Coupled Sea Ice-Ocean State Estimation, Climate Dynamics, 49(3), doi:10.1007/s00382-015-2796-6
  • Williams, C. N., Cornford, S. L., Jordan, T. M., Dowdeswell, J. A., Siegert, M. J., Clark, C.D., Swift, D.A., Sole, A., Fenty, I., Bamber, J. L. 2017, Generating synthetic fjord bathymetry for coastal Greenland, The Cryosphere, 11(1), doi:10.5194/tc-11-363-2017
  • Rignot, E., Xu, Y., Menemenlis, D., Mouginot, J., Scheuchl, B., Li, X., Fenty, I., ... Fleurian, B. de. 2016. Modeling of ocean-induced ice melt rates of five west Greenland glaciers over the past two decades. Geophys. Res. Lett., 43(12),
  • Fenty, I., J. Willis, A. Khazendar, et al., 2016, Oceans Melting Greenland: Early Re-sults from NASA's Ocean-Ice Mission in Greenland, Oceanography, 29(4), doi:10.5670/oceanog.2016.100
  • Rignot, E., I. Fenty, Y. Xu, C. Cai, I. Velicogna, C. O. Cofaigh, J. A. Dowdeswell, W. Weinrebe, G. Catania, D. Duncan, 2016, Bathymetry data reveal glaciers vulnerable to ice-ocean interaction in Uummannaq and Vaigat glacial fjords, west Greenland, Geophys. Res. Lett, 43, doi:10.1002/2016GL067832
  • Mouginot, J., E. Rignot, A. Buzzi, I. Fenty, A. Khazendar, M. Morlighem, B. Scheuchl, J. Paden, 2015, Fast retreat of Zacharia Isstrom, northeast Greenland, Science, doi:10.1126/science.aac7111
  • Rignot, E., I. Fenty, X. Yun X, C. Cai., C. Kemp, 2015, Undercutting of Greenland marine-terminating glaciers, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, doi:10.1002/2015GL064236
  • Fukumori, I., O. Wang, W. Llovel, I. Fenty, G. Forget, 2015, A Near-Uniform Fluctuation of Ocean Bottom Pressure and Sea Level across the Deep Ocean Basins of the Arctic Ocean and the Nordic Seas, Progress in Oceanography, 134 doi:10.1016/j.pocean.2015.01.013
  • Xu, Y., E. Rignot, I. Fenty, D. Menemenlis, M. Mar Flexas, 2013. Subaqueous melting of Store Glacier, West Greenland from three-dimensional, high-resolution numerical modeling and ocean observations,Geophys. Res. Lett., 40(17) 4648-4653
  • Khazendar, Ala, M. Schodlok, I. Fenty, et al. 2013, Thickness changes and ice-ocean inte-actions of the Totten and Moscow University Glaciers, East Antarctica, Nature Communciations, doi:10.1038/ncomms3857
  • Fenty, I. and P. Heimbach 2012, Coupled Sea Ice-Ocean State Estimation in the Labrador Sea and Baffin Bay, J. Phys. Ocean, doi:10.1175/JPO-D-12-065.1
  • Fenty, I. and P. Heimbach, 2012. Hydrographic Preconditioning for Seasonal Sea Ice Anomalies in the Labrador Sea, J. Phys. Ocean, doi:10.1175/JPO-D-12-064.1
  • Rignot, E., Fenty, I., D. Menemenlis, Y. Xu, 2012. Spreading of warm ocean waters around Greenland as a possible cause for glacier acceleration>. Ann. Glaciol. 53(60)
  • Fenty, I., E. Bonabeau, J. Branke 2005. Co-evolving business models: A case study with the Internet service provider (ISP) industry>. New Mathematics and Natural Computation, 1(3), 359-369

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