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Michael Schodlok

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 300-323

Pasadena, CA 91109





Member of:

Sea Level And Ice


  • Diploma, Physical Oceanography, Christian Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany (1997)
  • PhD, Physics and Engineering, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany (2002)

Professional Experience

  • Research Technologist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (2018-present)
  • Associate Researcher at University of California Los Angeles (2010-2018)
  • NASA Senior Fellow (NPP) at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (2008-2009)

Research Interests

  • Ocean circulation and dynamics in high latitudes
  • Coupling of ocean processes between high and low latitudes
  • Iceshelf ocean interaction

Selected Awards

  • JPL Explorer Award (2020)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award (2017 and 2019)

Selected Publications

  1. J. Aguzzi, M.M. Flexas et al., Exo-ocean exploration with deep-sea sensor and platform technologies (2020). Astrobiology, 20 (7), 897-915.
  2. Y. Nakayama, G. Manucharyan, H.Zhang, P. Dutrieux, H.S. Torres, P. Klein, M.P.Schodlok (2019), Pathways of ocean heat towards Pine Island and Thwaites grounding lines. Scientific Reports 9 (1), 1-9.
  3. R.Lopez-Acosta, M.P. Schodlok, M.M. Wilhelmus (2019). Ice floe tracker: An algorithm to retrieve sea ice drift from moderate-resolution imagery, Journal of Remote Sensing, 234, doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2019.111406
  4. N.J. Schlegel, H.Seroussi, M.P. Schodlok, E.Y. Larour, C. Boening, D. Limonadi, M.W. Watkins, M. Morlighem, M.R. van den Broeke (2018). Exploration of the Antarctic Ice Sheet contribution to sea level rise in response to uncertainties in external forcing, boundary conditions, and input parameters of an ice sheet models, submitted to The Cryosphere. 12 (11), 3511-3534
  5. Y. Nakayama, D. Menemenlis, H. Zhang, M.P. Schodlok, E.J. Rignot.(2018), Origin of Circumpolar deep Water intruding onto the Amundsen and Bellingshausen Sea continental shelves, Nature Communications, 9
  6. Y. Nakayama, D. Menemenlis, M.P. Schodlok, E.J. Rignot (2017). Amundsen and Bellingshausen Seas simulation with optimized ocean, sea ice, and thermodynamic ice shelf model parameters. Journal of Geophysical Research, 122, 6180-61995, doi:10.1002/2016JC012538.
  7. A. Khazendar, E.J. Rignot, D.M. Schroeder, H. Seroussi, M.P. Schodlok, B. Scheuchl, J. Mouginot, T.C. Sutterly, I. Velicogna, 2016. Rapid submarine ice melting in the grounding zones of ice shelves in West Antarctica, Nature Communications, 7:13234, doi:10.1038/ncomms13243
  8. M.P. Schodlok, D. Menemenlis, E.J. Rignot, 2016. Ice shelf basal melt rates around Antarctica from simulations and observations, Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans, 121, doi:10.1002/2015JC0011117