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Eric Larour

  • B.S., Physics Major, Lycée Pasteur, Paris, France (1998)
  • M. Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Ecole Centrale Paris, Paris, France (2001)
  • Ph. D., Mechanical Engineering, Ecole Centrale Paris, Paris, France (2005)

Research Interests
  • Data assimilation of remote sensing observations into projections of ice sheet mass balance and sea level rise
  • Forward modeling of polar ice caps using large-scale, high-resolution, multi-physics, multi-model based finite element ice flow models
  • Development of high-performance parallelized computer architectures for modeling Cryosphere processes


ISSM (Ice Sheet System Model) is a state of the art ice flow modeling software developed at JPL in collaboration with University of California Irvine.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2005-present)
  • 2005-2012

    • Software Engineer, Thermal and Cryogenics Section, Mechanical Division
    • Project lead for the Ice Sheet System Model (ISSM)


    • Scientist, Oceans and Ice Group
    • Project lead for the Ice Sheet System Model (ISSM)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Group Honor Award, ISSM (2011)
  • NASA Group Honor Award, IceBridge (2011)
  • JPL Lew Allen Award (2012)

Selected Publications
  1. F. Pattyn, L. Perichon, G. Durand, L. Favier, O. Gagliardini, R. C. A. Hindmarsh, T. Zwinger, T. Albrecht, S. Cornford, D. Docquier, J. Fuerst, D. Goldberg, H. Gudmundsson, A. Humbert, M. Hutten, P. Huybrecht, G. Jouvet, T. Kleiner, E. Larour, D. Martin, M. Morlighem, A. Payne, D. Pollard, M. Ruckamp, O. Rybak, H. Seroussi, M. Thoma, and N. Wilkens. Grounding-line migration in plan-view marine ice-sheet models: results of the ice2sea MISMIP3d intercomparison. J. Glaciol., accepted.
  2. E. Larour, M. Morlighem, H. Seroussi, J. Schiermeier and E. Rignot (2012), Ice flow sensitivity to geothermal heat flux of Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica, J. Geophys. Res., 117, F04023, doi:10.1029/2012JF002371.
  3. C. P. Borstad, A. Khazendar, E. Y. Larour, M. Morlighem, E. Rignot, M. P. Schodlok, and H. Seroussi (2012), A damage mechanics assessment of the Larsen B ice shelf prior to collapse: toward a physically-based calving law, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L18502, doi:10.1029/2012GL053317.
  4. E. Larour, J. Schiermeier, E. Rignot, H. Seroussi, and M. Morlighem, Sensitivity Analysis of Pine Island Glacier ice flow using ISSM and DAKOTA, J. Geophys. Res., 117, F02009, doi:10.1029/2011JF002146.
  5. H. Seroussi, H. Ben Dhia, M. Morlighem, E. Larour, E. Rignot, and D. Aubry, Coupling ice flow models of varying orders of complexity with the Tiling method, J. Glaciol, 58(210), doi:10.3189/2012JoG11J195.
  6. E. Larour, H. Seroussi, M. Morlighem, and E. Rignot (2012), Continental scale, high order, high spatial resolution, ice sheet modeling using the Ice Sheet System Model, J. Geophys. Res., 117, F01022, doi:10.1029/2011JF002140.
  7. M. Morlighem, E. Rignot, H. Seroussi, E. Larour, H. Ben Dhia, and D. Aubry (2011), A mass conservation approach for mapping glacier ice thickness, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L19503, doi:10.1029/2011GL048659.
  8. Seroussi, H., M. Morlighem, E. Rignot,E. Larour, D. Aubry, H. Ben Dhia, and S. S. Kristensen (2011), Ice flux divergence anomalies on 79north Glacier, Greenland, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L09501, doi:10.1029/2011GL047338.
  9. Khazendar, A., E. Rignot, and E. Larour (2011), Acceleration and spatial rheology of Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctic Peninsula, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L09502, doi:10.1029/2011GL046775.
  10. Morlighem, M., E. Rignot, H. Seroussi, E. Larour, H. Ben Dhia, and D. Aubry (2010), Spatial patterns of basal drag inferred using control methods from a full-Stokes and simpler models for Pine Island Glacier, West Antarctica, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L14502, doi:10.1029/2010GL043853.
  11. Khazendar, A., E. Rignot, and E. Larour (2009), Roles of marine ice, rheology, and fracture in the flow and stability of the Brunt/Stancomb-Wills Ice Shelf, J. Geophys. Res., 114, F04007, doi:10.1029/2008JF001124.
  12. Khazendar, A., E. Rignot, and E. Larour (2007), Larsen B Ice Shelf rheology preceding its disintegration inferred by a control method, J. Geophys. Res., 34, L19503, doi:10.1029/2008JF001124.
  13. Larour, E., E. Rignot, I. Joughin and D. Aubry (2005) Rheology of the Ronne Ice Shelf, Antarctica, inferred from satellite radar interferometry data using an inverse control method., Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, L05503, doi: 10.1029/2004GL021693.
  14. Larour, E., E. Rignot and D. Aubry (2004) Processes involved in the propagation of rifts near Hemmen Ice Rise, Ronne Ice Shelf, Antarctica, J. Glaciol., 50, 0022-1430.
  15. Larour, E., E. Rignot and D. Aubry (2004) Modelling of rift propagatoin on Ronne Ice Shelf, Antarctica, and sensitivity to climate change, Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, 0094-8276, doi: 10.1029/2004GL020077.

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