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Chad Greene

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 300-323

Pasadena, CA 91109

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Dr. Greene is a satellite remote sensing and machine learning specialist in the Sea Level and Ice group under the Earth Science Section at JPL/Caltech, where he is a member of the NASA MEaSUREs ITS_LIVE Earth data development team. He has conducted multiple seasons of airborne geophysical surveys in Antarctica and has carried out ship-based science in the Arctic, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Baltic Sea. Dr. Greene is a prolific coder, creator of many open-source MATLAB and Julia toolboxes, and has a passion for thorough documentation. He has served on the MathWorks Community Advisory Board and as editor of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


  • Ph.D. Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, 2017. Thesis: Drivers of change in East Antarctic ice shelves.
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2010. Thesis: Low frequency acoustic classification of methane hydrates.
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University, with honors, 2007. Minor: Mathematics.

Professional Experience

  • Scientist: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Postdoctoral research fellow at NASA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  • Editor for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Research Science Associate at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics.
  • Teaching Assistant for the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Graduate Research Assistant at Applied Research Laboratories, The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Currency Systems Engineering Intern at the Federal Reserve Bank, Richmond Virginia.

Research Interests

I use satellite and airborne remote sensing data to measure and understand the current state and sensitivities of the world’s glaciers and ice sheets. I’m currently pursuing the use of machine learning techniques to help fill in gaps in the Earth observation data record. With a more complete picture of how the Earth system has evolved in recent years, we gain insights into what the future may hold.

Selected Awards

  • NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship 2019–2023
  • National Science Foundation Early Career Scientist Award June 2018
  • NASA Young Investigator Award July 2016
  • Univ. of Texas Institute for Geophysics Outstanding Graduate Student Award May 2016
  • MathWorks Award for Outstanding Contributions 2015

Selected Publications

  1. C.A. Greene and A.S. Gardner. (2024). Greenland’s glaciers are retreating everywhere and all at once. Nature, 625, 523-528.
  2. LA López, AS Gardner, CA Greene, & others. ITS_LIVE: A Cloud-Native Approach to Monitoring Glaciers from Space. Computing in Science & Engineering, in press, to be archived at
  3. C.A. Greene, S. Erofeeva, L. Padman, S.L. Howard, T. Sutterley, G. Egbert. Tide Model Driver for MATLAB. Journal of Open Source Software, 2024.
  4. Greene, C.A., Gardner, A.S., Wood, M. et al. Ubiquitous acceleration in Greenland Ice Sheet calving from 1985 to 2022. Nature 625, 523–528 (2024).
  5. Davison, B.J., Hogg, A.E., Gourmelen, N., Jakob, L., Wuite, J., Nagler, T., Greene, C.A., Andreasen, J. and Engdahl, M.E., 2023. Annual mass budget of Antarctic ice shelves from 1997 to 2021. Science Advances, 9(41), p.eadi0186.
  6. Paolo, F. S., Gardner, A. S., Greene, C. A., Nilsson, J., Schodlok, M. P., Schlegel, N.-J., and Fricker, H. A.: Widespread slowdown in thinning rates of West Antarctic ice shelves, The Cryosphere, 17, 3409–3433, 2023.
  7. Vaňková, I., Winberry, J. P., Cook, S., Nicholls, K. W., Greene, C. A., & Galton-Fenzi, B. K. (2023). High spatial melt rate variability near the Totten Glacier grounding zone explained by new bathymetry inversion. Geophysical Research Letters, 50, e2023GL102960.
  8. Y. Nakayama, T. Hirata, D. Goldberg, C.A. Greene. What determines the shape of a Pine-Island-like ice shelf? Geophysical Research Letters, 2022.
  9. C.A. Greene, A.S. Gardner, N-J Schlegel, and A.D. Fraser. Antarctic calving loss rivals ice shelf thinning, 2022. Nature.
  10. Y. Nakayama, C.A. Greene, F.S Paolo, V. Mensah, H. Zhang, H. Kashiwase, D. Simizu, J.S. Greenbaum, D.D. Blankenship, A. Abe‐Ouchi. and S. Aoki, 2021. Antarctic Slope Current modulates ocean heat intrusions towards Totten Glacier. Geophysical Research Letters, 48(17), e2021GL094149.
  11. C.A. Greene, A.S. Gardner, and L.C. Andrews, 2020. Detecting seasonal ice dynamics in satellite images. The Cryosphere.
  12. W. Wei, D.D. Blankenship, J.S. Greenbaum, N. Gourmelen, C.F. Dow, T.G. Richter, C.A. Greene, D.A. Young, S.-H .Lee, T.-W. Kim, W.S. Lee, K.M. Assmann, 2020. Getz Ice Shelf melt enhanced by freshwater discharge from beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. The Cryosphere, 14, 1399–1408.
  13. C.A. Greene, K. Thirumalai, K.A. Kearney, J.M. Delgado, W. Schwanghart, N.S. Wolfenbarger, K.M. Thyng, D.E. Gwyther, A.S. Gardner, and D.D. Blankenship. The Climate Data Toolbox for MATLAB. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 20.
  14. C.A. Greene and K. Thirumalai, 2019. It's time to shift emphasis away from code sharing. Eos 100.
  15. C.A. Greene, D.A. Young, D.E. Gwyther, B.K. Galton-Fenzi, and D.D. Blankenship, 2018. Seasonal dynamics of Totten Ice Shelf controlled by sea ice buttressing. The Cryosphere, 12, 2869-2882.
  16. C.F. Dow, W.S. Lee, J.S. Greenbaum, C.A. Greene, D.D. Blankenship, K. Poinar, A.L. Forrest, D.A. Young, and C.J. Zappa, 2018. Basal channels drive active surface hydrology and transverse ice-shelf fracture. Science Advances, 4(6) eaao7212.
  17. C.A. Greene and D.D. Blankenship. A Method of Repeat Photoclinometry for Detecting Kilometer-Scale Ice Sheet Surface Evolution, 2018. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 56(4), 2074-2082.
  18. C.A. Greene, D.D. Blankenship, D.E. Gwyther, A. Silvano, and E. van Wijk, 2017. Wind causes Totten Ice Shelf melt and acceleration. Science Advances, 3(11) e1701681.
  19. C.A. Greene, D.E. Gwyther, and D.D. Blankenship. Antarctic Mapping Tools for Matlab, 2017. Computers and Geosciences 104 151-157.
  20. K.M. Thyng, C.A. Greene, R.D. Hetland, H.M. Zimmerle, and S.F. DiMarco, 2016. True colors of oceanography: Guidelines for effective and accurate colormap selection. Oceanography, 29(3) 9-13.
  21. C.J. Wilson, P.S. Wilson, C.A. Greene, K.H. Dunton, 2013. Seagrass meadows provide an acoustic refuge for estuarine fish. Marine Ecology Progress Series 472 117-127.
  22. C.A. Greene and P.S. Wilson. Laboratory investigation of a passive acoustic method for measurement of underwater gas seep ebullition, 2011. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 131(1) EL61-EL66.
  23. C.J. Wilson, P.S. Wilson, C.A. Greene, and K.H. Dunton. Seagrass leaves in 3-D: Using computed tomography and low-frequency acoustics to investigate the material properties of seagrass tissue, 2010. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 395(1) 128-134.