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Erik Ivins

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 300-233

Pasadena, CA 91109





Curriculum Vitae:

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Member of:

Sea Level And Ice


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

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. Mark, H. F., Wiens, D. A., Ivins, E. R., Richter, A., Ben Mansour, W., Magnani, M. B., et al. (2022). Lithospheric erosion in the Patagonian slab window, and implications for glacial isostasy. Geophys. Res. Lett., 49, e2021GL096863.
  2. Ivins, E.R., L. Caron, S. Adhikari and E. Larour. (2022) Notes on a compressible extended Burgers model of rheology, Geophys. J. Int., 228 (3), 1975–1991,
  3. Adhikari, S., Milne, G.A., Caron, L., Khan, S.A., Kjeldsen, K.K., Nilsson, J., Larour, E. & Ivins, E.R., (2021) Decadal to centennial timescale mantle viscosity inferred from modern crustal uplift rates in Greenland, Geophys. Res. Lett., 48, e2021GL094040.
  4. Ivins, E. R., W. van der Wal, D. A. Wiens, A. J. Lloyd and L. Caron (2021) Antarctic upper mantle rheology, Martin, A. P. and van der Wal, W. (eds) The Geochemistry and Geophysics of the Antarctic Mantle. Geological Society, London, Memoirs, 56,
  5. Steffen, H., T. Li, P. Wu, E. J. Gowan, E. R. Ivins, B. Lecavalier, L. Tarasov, & P. L. Whitehouse, 2021. LM17.3 - a global vertical land motion model of glacial isostatic adjustment. PANGAEA,
  6. Ivins, E.R., van der Wal, W., Wiens, D.A., Lloyd, A., & Caron, L. (2021) Antarctic upper mantle rheology, in Geol. Soc. Lond. Memoirs, 56, “The Geochemistry and Geophysics of the Antarctic Mantle".
  7. Larour, E., Adhikari, S., Frederikse, T., Caron, L., Hamlington, B., Schlegel, N.-J., Ivins, E., Kopp, R., Morlighem, M., & Nowicki, S., (2020) Geosci. Model Dev., 13, 4925–4941,
  8. Ivins, E.R., L. Caron, S. Adhikari, E. Larour & M. Scheinert, (2020) A linear viscoelasticity for decadal to centennial time scale mantle deformation, Reports on Progress in Physics, 83, 106801, doi:10.1088/1361-6633/aba346.
  9. Hamlington, B.D., A.S. Gardner, E. Ivins, J.T.M. Lenaerts, J.T. Reager, et al. (2020) Understanding of contemporary regional sea-level change and the implications for the future, Review of Geophysics, 58(3), e2019RG000672, doi: 10.1029/2019RG000672.
  10. Adhikari. S., E. R. Ivins, E. Larour, L. Caron & H. Seroussi, (2020) A kinematic formalism for tracking ice-ocean mass exchange on the Earth's surface and estimating sea-level change, The Cryosphere, 14,
  11. Shepherd, A., E.R. Ivins, E. Rignot, et al. (IMBIE-2 Team) (2020) Mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet 1992-2018, Nature, 579, 233-239.
  12. Lloyd, A. J., D. A. Wiens, H. Zhu, J. Tromp, A. A. Nyblade, R. C. Aster, S. E. Hansen, I. W. D. Dalziel, T. J. Wilson, E. R. Ivins & J. O'Donnell (2020) Seismic structure of the Antarctic upper mantle based on adjoint tomography, J. Geophys. Res., Solid Earth, 124, doi: 10.1029/2019JB017823.
  13. Caron, L. & E. R. Ivins, (2020) A baseline Antarctic GIA correction for space gravimetry, Earth Planet Sci. Lett., 531, 115957,
  14. Larour, E., H. Seroussi, E.R. Ivins, S. Adhikari, L. Caron, M. Morlighem and N. Schlegel, (2019), Slowdown in Antarctic mass loss from solid Earth and sea-level feedbacks, Science, 364, eaav7908.
  15. Adhikari, S., Ivins, E.R., Frederikse, T., Landerer, F.W., and Caron, L., (2019) Sea-level fingerprints emergent from GRACE mission data, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 11, 629-646.
  16. Richter, A., A. Groh, M. Horwath, E. R. Ivins, E. Marderwald, L. Hormaechea, R. Perdomo and R. Dietrich, (2019), The rapid and steady mass loss of the Patagonian Icefields throughout the GRACE era: 2002-2017, Remote Sensing, 11(8), 909,
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Larour, E., E.R. Ivins and S Adhikari, (2017) Should coastal planners have concern over where land ice is melting? Science Adv., 3, e1700537.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Adhikari, S. and E.R. Ivins (2016), Climate-driven polar motion: 2003–2015, Science Advances, 2, (4), e1501693 doi:10.1126/sciadv.1501693.
  26. 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.
  27. 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
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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).
  31. 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).
  32. Shepherd, A., E.R. Ivins et al., (2012) A reconciled estimate of ice sheet mass balance, Science, 338,1183-1189.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. Ivins E.R., (2009) Ice sheet stability and sea level, Science, 324, 888-889.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. Ivins , E.R. and T.S. James, Antarctic glacial isostatic adjustment: A new assessment, Antarctic Science, 17(4), 541-553, 2005.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.