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Mattia Poinelli

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4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109



Member of:

Sea Level And Ice

Research Affiliate


  • Ph.D., Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands (2018-present)
  • M.Sc. with Distinctions, Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands (2017)
  • B.Sc., Aerospace Engineering, Polytechnic University of Milan, Milan, Italy (2014)

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Specialist, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA (2020-present)
  • Research Affiliate, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA (2018-present)
  • Graduate Research Fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA (2017)
  • Research Scholar, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI (2016)

Research Interests

  • Ice-ocean Interactions
  • Rifts on Ice-Shelves
  • Icy Moons

Selected Awards

  • JPL Graduate Fellowship (2017)
  • Holland Scholarship (2016)

Selected Publications

  1. Larour, E., Rignot, E., Poinelli, M. and Scheuchl, B. (2021), Physical processes controlling the rifting of Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctica, prior to the calving of iceberg A68. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118 (40) e2105080118; DOI:10.1073/pnas.2105080118
  2. Poinelli, M., Schodlok, M. and Larour E. (2021) Ocean dynamics underneath cracked ice shelves in a numerical model. (in prep.)
  3. Poinelli, M., Larour, E., Castillo-Rogez, J. and Vermeersen, B. (2019) Crevasse Propagation on Brittle Ice: Application to Cycloids on Europa. Geophysical Research Letters, 46, 11756-11763.