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Erik Ivins

Senior Research Scientist

  • BSc in Physics, Calif. Polytechnic Univ. Pomona (1972)
  • MSc in Geophysics & Planetary Physics, UCLA, Los Angeles (1976)
  • PhD in Earth Sciences, USC, Los Angeles (1995)

Research Interests
  • Elastic and viscous flow of the solid earth's deformation field using advanced modeling techniques
  • Postseismic relaxation and adjustment processes
  • Use of time-variable space gravity, GPS and altimetry for monitoring cryospheric change, postglacial rebound and sea level change


Ice sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise (IMBIE)
IMBIE is a collaboration between scientists supported by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and contributes to assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Selected Awards
  • Elected as Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
  • NASA Sea Level Change Team PI (2018-2020)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, Ice Mass Balance Intercomparison Exercise Team (2013)
  • Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for JGR-Solid Earth (2011)
  • NASA Exceptional Service Medal (2010)
  • Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for GRL (2007)
  • Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for JGR-Solid Earth (2000)

Selected Service

  • Editorial Board:  Pure and Applied Geophysics
  • Member of IAG Subcomission on Science Requirements for Future Space Gravimetry Missions
  • GRACE Science Team 2003-2015
  • Member of Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS) Working Group on "Contributions to Earth System Modeling"
  • NASA Lead Scientist for "Ice Sheet Mass Balance Intercomparison Exercize" (Joint with the European Space Agency)
  • Member of the National Science Foundation Polar Networks Science Advisory Committee
  • Advisory Panel: DynaQlim (Upper Mantle Dynamics and Quaternary Climate in Cratonic Areas, International Lithosphere Program), 2008-2012.
  • Guest Editor: J. Geodynamics. "Glacial Isostatic Adjustment: New Developments and Applications in Global Change, Hydrology, Sea-level Level, Cryosphere and Geodynamics", 2008.
  • Rapporteur at the UNESCO Sponsored Understanding Sea Level Change and Variability Workshop, Paris June 6-9, 2006
  • NASA Interdisciplinary Science PI
  • Geodesy Program Chair, AGU-CGU Joint Meeting 2004

Selected Publications
  1. Caron, L. and E.R. Ivins, (2018) Toward a baseline Antarctic GIA correction for space gravity measurement, Earth Planet Sci. Lett., (in review).
  2. Larour, E., H. Seroussi, E.R. Ivins, S. Adhikari, L. Caron, M. Morlighem and N. Schlegel, (2018), Slowdown in Antarctic mass loss from solid Earth and sea-level feedbacks, Science, (in review).
  3. Adhikari, S., L. Caron, B. Steinberger, J.T. Reager, K.K. Kjeldsen, B. Marzeion, E. Larour and E. R. Ivins, (2018), What drives 20th Century polar motion? Earth Planet Sci. Lett., 502, 126-132
  4. Shepherd A., Ivins E.R., Rignot E., Smith B., Van Den Broeke M., Velicogna I., Whitehouse P., Briggs K., Joughin I., Krinner G., Nowicki S., Payne T., Scambos T., Schlegel N., & 66 additional co-authors listed alphabetically. (2018) Mass balance of the Antarctic Ice Sheet from 1992 to 2017, Nature, 558, 219-222 doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0179-y.
  5. Hamlington, B.D., A. Burgos, P.R. Thompson, F.W. Landerer, C.G. Piecuch, S. Adhikari, L. Caron, J.T. Reager and E.R. Ivins, (2018). Observation-driven estimation of the spatial variability of 20th century sea level rise. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 123, 10.1002/2017JC013486.
  6. Caron, L., Ivins, E. R., Larour, E., Adhikari, S., Nilsson, J., & Blewitt, G. (2018). GIA model statistics for GRACE hydrology, cryosphere, and ocean science. Geophysical Research Letters, 45, doi:10.1002/2017GL076644
  7. Seroussi, H., E.R. Ivins, D. Wiens and J. Bondzio, (2017) Influence of a West Antarctic mantle plume on ice sheet basal conditions, J. Geophys. Res., Solid Earth, 122, doi:10.1002/2017JB014423.
  8. Adhikari, S., E.R. Ivins and E. Larour (2017), Mass transport waves amplified by intense Greenland melt and detected in solid Earth deformation, Geophys. Res. Letters, 44, doi: 10.1002/2017GL073478.
  9. Larour, E., E.R. Ivins and S Adhikari, (2017) Should coastal planners have concern over where land ice is melting? Science Adv., 3, e1700537.
  10. Richter, A., E.R. Ivins, H. Lange, L. Mendoza, L. Schröder, J.L. Hormaechea, G. Casassa, E. Marderwald, M. Fritsche, R. Perdomo, M. Horwath, and R. Dietrich, (2016), Crustal deformation across the Southern Patagonian Icefield observed by GNSS, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 452, 206–215, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2016.07.042.
  11. Briggs, K. H., A. Shepherd, A. E. Hogg, E.R. Ivins, N. Schlegel, I. Joughin, B. Smith, G.Krinner, J. Fourier, G. Moyano, S. Nowicki, T. J. Payne, Eric Rignot I. Velicogna, T. Scambos, M. R. van den Broeke and P.L. Whitehouse, (2016), Charting ice sheet contributions to global sea level rise, Eos, 97, doi:10.1029/2016EO055719
  12. Jones, C.E., K. An, R. G. Blom, J. D. Kent, E.R. Ivins, and D. Bekaert (2016), Anthropogenic and geologic influences on subsidence in the vicinity of New Orleans, Louisiana, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 121, doi:10.1002/2015JB012636.
  13. Adhikari, S. and E.R. Ivins (2016), Climate-driven polar motion: 2003–2015, Science Advances, 2, (4), e1501693 doi:10.1126/sciadv.1501693.
  14. Adhikari, S., E.R. Ivins and E. Larour (2016), ISSM-SESAW v1.0: mesh-based computation of gravitationally consistent sea level and geodetic signatures caused by cryosphere and climate driven mass change, Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 9769-9816, doi:10.5194/gmd-9-1087-2016.
  15. Pail, R., R. Bingham, C. Braitenberg, H. Dobslaw, A Eicker, A. Gunter, M. Horwath, E.R. Ivins, L. Longuevergne, I. Panet and B. Wouters, (2015) Science and user needs for observing global mass transport to understand global change and to benefit society, Surveys Geophys., 36, 743-772, doi:10.1007/s10712-015-9348-9.
  16. Bouman, J., M. Fuchs, E.R. Ivins, W. van der Wal, E. Schrama, P. Visser, and M. Horwath (2014), Antarctic outlet glacier mass change resolved at basin scale from satellite gravity gradiometry, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, doi:10.1002/2014GL060637
  17. Adhikari, S., E.R. Ivins, E. Larour, H. Seroussi, M. Morlighem and S. Nowicki, (2014) Future Antarctic bed topography and its implications for ice sheet dynamics, Solid Earth Discuss., 6, 191-228, doi: 10.5194/sed-6-191-2014.
  18. Lange, H., G. Casassa, E. R. Ivins, L. Schröder, M. Fritsche, A. Richter, A. Groh and R. Dietrich, (2014) Observed crustal uplift near the Southern Patagonian Icefield constrains improved viscoelastic Earth models, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, 805-812, doi:10.1002/2013GL058419.
  19. Hanna, E., F. Navarro, F. Pattyn, C. M. Domingues, X. Fettweis, E. R. Ivins, R. J. Nicholls, C. Ritz, B. Smith, S. Tulaczyk, P. L. Whitehouse & H. J. Zwally, Ice sheet mass balance and climate change, Nature, 498, 51-56 (2013).
  20. Ivins, E. R., T. S. James, J. Wahr, E. J.O. Schrama, F.W. Landerer & K. M. Simon, Antarctic contribution to sea-level rise observed by GRACE with improved GIA correction, J. Geophys. Res., B - Solid Earth, 118, 3126-3141, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50208 (2013).
  21. Sasgen, I., H. Konrad, E. R. Ivins, M. R. Van den Broeke, J. L. Bamber, Z. Martinec & V. Klemann, Antarctic ice-mass balance 2003 to 2012: regional reanalysis of GRACE satellite gravimetry measurements with improved estimate of glacial-isostatic adjustment based on GPS uplift rates, The Cryosphere, 7, 1499-1512, doi:10.5194/tc-7-1499-2013 (2013).
  22. Shepherd, A., E.R. Ivins et al., (2012) A reconciled estimate of ice sheet mass balance, Science, 338,1183-1189.
  23. Simms, A.R., E.R. Ivins, R. DeWitt, P. Kouremenos & L. Miller, (2012) Timing of the most recent Neoglacial advance and retreat in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica Peninsula, Insights from raised beaches evidence and Holocene uplift rates, Quaternary Sci. Rev., 47, 41-55.
  24. Ivins, E. R., M. M. Watkins, D. Yuan, R. Dietrich, G. Casassa, and A. Rülke (2011), On-land ice loss and glacial isostatic adjustment at the Drake Passage: 2003-2009, J. Geophys. Res., 116, B02403, doi:10.1029/2010JB007607.
  25. Wu, X., M.B. Heflin, H. Schotman, B.L.A. Vermeersen, D. Dong, R.S. Gross, E.R. Ivins, A.W. Moore & S.E. Owen, (2010) Simultaneous estimation of global present-day water transport and glacial isostatic adjustment, Nature Geosciences, 3, September, doi:10.1038/ngeo938.
  26. Poutanen, M. & E.R. Ivins, (2010) Upper mantle dynamics and Quaternary climate in cratonic areas (DynaQlim)-understanding the glacial isostatic adjustment, J. Geodynamics, 50, 2-7, doi:10.1016/j.jog.2010.01.013.
  27. Simon, K.M., T.S. James and E.R. Ivins, (2010) Ocean loading effects on predictions of uplift and gravity change due to glacial isostatic adjustment in Antarctica, J. Geodesy, 84, 305-317.
  28. Dietrich, R., E.R. Ivins, G. Casassa, H. Lange, J. Wendt & M. Fritsche, (2010) Rapid crustal uplift in Patagonia due to enhanced ice loss, Earth and Planetary Sci. Lett., 289, 22-29.
  29. Ivins E.R., (2009) Ice sheet stability and sea level, Science, 324, 888-889.
  30. Wu, X-P., R.G. Blom, E.R. Ivins, F.A. Oyafuso and M. Zhong (2009) Improved inverse and probabilistic methods for geophysical applications of GRACE gravity data, Geophys, J. Int., 177, 865-877.
  31. Ivins, E.R. and D. Wolf, Glacial isostatic adjustment: New developments from advanced observing systems and modeling, J. Geodynamics, 46, 69-77, 10.1016/j.jog.2008.06.002.
  32. Klemann, V., Z. Martinec and E.R. Ivins, (2008) Glacial isostatic adjustment and present-day plate motion, J. Geodynamics, 46, 95-103, 10.1016/j.jog.2008.04.005.
  33. Ivins, E.R., R.K. Dokka and R.G. Blom, (2007) Post-glacial sediment load and subsidence in coastal Louisiana, Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L16303, doi:10.1029/2007GL030003.
  34. Chen, J.L., C.R. Wilson, B.D. Tapley, D.D. Blankenship and E.R. Ivins, (2007), Patagonian icefield melting observed by Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE), Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L22501, doi:10.1029/2007GL031871.
  35. Klemann,V., Ivins, E.R., Martinec, Z. and D. Wolf, (2007) Models of active glacial isostasy roofing warm subduction: The case of the South Patagonian icefield, J. Geophys. Res., B., B09405, doi:10.1029/2006JB004818.
  36. Wu, X, M.B. Heflin, E.R. Ivins and I. Fukumori, Seasonal and interannual global surface mass variations from geodetic data combination, J. Geophys. Res., Solid Earth, B, 111, B09401 doi:10.1029/2005JB004100. 2006.
  37. Ivins, E.R. E. Rignot, X. Wu, T.S. James and G. Casassa, Ice mass balance and Antarctic gravity change: Satellite and terrestrial perspectives, In, Earth Observation with CHAMP: Results from 3 Years in Orbit, Ch. Reigber, H. Luhr, P. Schwintzer and J. Wickert, (eds.) Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 3-11, 2005, ISBN: 3-540-22804-7.
  38. Kaufmann, G. P. Wu and E.R. Ivins, Lateral viscosity variations beneath Antarctica and their implications on regional rebound motions and seismotectonics, J. Geodynamics, 39, 165-181, 2005.
  39. Larsen, C.F., R.J. Motyka, J.T. Fryemueller, K.A. Echelmeyer and E.R. Ivins, Rapid viscoelastic uplift in southern Alaska caused by post-Little Ice Age retreat, Earth Planetary Sci. Lett., 237, 548-560, 2005.
  40. Ivins , E.R. and T.S. James, Antarctic glacial isostatic adjustment: A new assessment, Antarctic Science, 17(4), 541-553, 2005.
  41. Ivins, E.R. and T.S. James, Bedrock response to Llanquihue Holocene and present-day glaciation in southernmost South America, Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L-24613, doi:10.1029/2004GL021500, 2004.
  42. Ivins, E.R., V. Klemann and T.S. James, Stress shadowing by the Antarctic ice sheet, J. Geophys. Res., 108 (12) doi:10.1029/2002JB002182, 2003.
  43. Ivins, E.R., C.A. Raymond and T.S. James, Late-Pleistocene, Holocene and present-day ice load evolution in the Antarctic Peninsula: Models and predicted vertical crustal motion, in Ice Sheets, Sea Level and the Dynamic Earth, (ed. J.X. Mitrovica and B. Vermeersen), Geodynamics Ser. 29, 133-155, A.G.U., Washington, DC, 2002.
  44. Wu, X., M.M. Watkins, E.R. Ivins, R. Kwok, P. Wang and J.M. Wahr, Toward global inverse solutions for the determination of current and past ice mass variations: Contribution of secular satellite gravity and topography change measurements, J. Geophys. Res., Solid Earth, 107, doi:10.1029/201JB000543, 2002.

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