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Dr. Michael Wood

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 300-323

Pasadena, CA 91109



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Sea Level And Ice


Dr. Michael Wood is a NASA Postdoctoral Program fellow in the Sea Level and Ice Group. He is interested in how ocean heat delivery to Greenland glaciers has changed over the past several decades and the mechanisms by which these changes have caused glacier mass loss and sea level rise. He uses a combination of approaches in his work including remote sensing, regional ocean modeling, and in situ observations.


  • Ph.D. Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine
  • B.S. Mathematical Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara

Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant, Earth System Science Department, UC Irvine 2014-2019
  • Teaching Assistant, Earth System Science Department, UC Irvine 2014-2019

Research Interests

  • Glacial-Ocean Interactions
  • Ice Sheets
  • Regional Ocean Modeling
  • Remote Sensing

Selected Awards

  • NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship (2019)
  • American Geophysical Union Outstanding Student Paper Award (2018)
  • UC Irvine Pedagogical Fellowship (2017)

Selected Publications

  1. M. Wood, E. Rignot, I. Fenty, L. An, A. Bjørk, M. van den Broeke, C. Cai, E. Kane, D. Menemenlis, R. Millan, M. Morlighem, J. Mouginot, B. Noël, B. Scheuchl, I. Velicogna, J. Willis, H. Zhang. (2021) Ocean forcing drives glacier retreat in Greenland. Science Advances
  2. Mouginot J, Rignot E, Bjørk A, van den Broeke M, Millan R, Morlighem M, Noël B, Scheuchl B, Wood M. (2019) Forty-six years of Greenland Ice Sheet mass balance from 1972 to 2018. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  3. Morlighem M, Wood M, Seroussi H, Choi Y, Rignot E (2019) Modeling the response of Northwest Greenland to enhanced ocean thermal forcing and subglacial discharge. The Cryosphere (2019)
  4. Mohajerani Y, Wood M, Rignot E, Velicogna I. (2010) Detection of Glacier Calving Margins with Convolutional Neural Networks: A Case Study. Remote Sensing (2019)
  5. Wood M, Rignot E, Fenty I, Menemenlis D, Millan R, Morlighem M, Mouginot J, Seroussi H. (2018) Ocean‐induced melt triggers glacier retreat in Northwest Greenland. Geophysical Research Letters (2018)