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Johan Nilsson

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 300-323
Pasadena, CA 91109





Curriculum Vitae:

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Member of:

Sea Level And Ice


  • B.Sc.- Electrical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden (2008)
  • M.Sc. - Engineering Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden (2011)
  • PhD – Cryosphere Monitoring from Satellites and Aircrafts, DTU Space, National Space Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark (2015)

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA (2015 - present)
  • PhD Stipendium – DTU Space, National Space Institute, Technical University of Denmark (2011 - 2015)
  • Research Associate – Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University (Spring - 2011)
  • Test Design and Verification Engineer – Saab Group – Defense and Security (Summers - 2008, 2009)

Research Interests

  • Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere
    • Altimetry
    • Imaging
    • Gravity
    • GPS
  • Ice Sheet and Glacier Mass Balance
  • Ice Dynamics
  • Sea Level Rise
  • Algorithm Development for Remote Sensing Applications

Selected Publications

  1. Caron, L., E.R. Ivins, E. Larour, S. Adhikari, J. Nilsson and G. Blewitt (2018), GIA model statistics for GRACE hydrology, cryosphere and ocean science, Geophys. Res. Lett., in press.
  2. Cook, J. M., Hodson, A. J., Gardner, A. S., Flanner, M., Tedstone, A. J., Williamson, C., Irvine-Fynn, T. D. L., Nilsson, J., Bryant, R., and Tranter, M.: Quantifying bioalbedo: a new physically based model and discussion of empirical methods for characterising biological influence on ice and snow albedo, The Cryosphere, 11, 2611-2632,, 2017.
  3. Gardner, A. S., Moholdt, G., Scambos, T., Fahnstock, M., Ligtenberg, S., van den Broeke, M., and Nilsson, J.: Increased West Antarctic ice discharge and East Antarctic stability over the last seven years, The Cryosphere Discuss.,, Accepted, 2017.
  4. Nilsson, J., Gardner, A., Sandberg Sørensen, L., and Forsberg, R.: Improved retrieval of land ice topography from CryoSat-¬2 data and its impact for volume change estimation of the Greenland Ice Sheet, The Cryosphere, 10, 1-17, doi: 10.5194/tc-10-1-2016, 2016.
  5. Nilsson, J., Vallelonga, P., Simonsen, S.B., Sørensen, L.S., Forsberg, R., Dahl Jensen, D., Hirabayashi, M., GotoAzuma, K., Hvidberg, C.S., Kjær, H.A. and Satow, K., 2015. Greenland 2012 melt event effects on CryoSat2 radar altimetry. Geophysical Research Letters, 42(10), pp.3919-3926.
  6. Nilsson, J., Sandberg Sørensen, L., Barletta, V.R. and Forsberg, R., 2015. Mass changes in Arctic ice caps and glaciers: implications of regionalizing elevation changes. The Cryosphere, 9(1), pp.139-150.
  7. Forsberg, R, Sørensen, LS, Fredenslund Levinsen and Nilsson J., 2013, Mass loss of Greenland from GRACE, IceSat and CryoSat. in Proceedings of the CryoSat Workshop. European Space Agency, ESA, Dresden
  8. Skourup, H, Einarsson, I, Forsberg, R, Haas, C, Helms, V, Hvidegaard, SM, Nilsson, J, Olesen, AV and Olesen, AK 2012, ESA CryoVEx 2012: Airborne field campaign with ASIRAS radar, EM induction sounder and laser scanner. DTU Space, Kgs. Lyngby, Technical Report, no. 2.