Dr. Ralf Greve

Professor, Glacier and Ice Sheet Research


I studied physics at the Darmstadt University of Technology (Technische Universität Darmstadt), Germany, from 1985 to 1991 (diploma thesis on granular avalanches), and then did my doctorate at the Department of Mechanics, Darmstadt University of Technology, from 1992 to 1995 on ice-sheet dynamics and thermodynamics. Until 2003 I worked as a research associate (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter), assistant professor (wissenschaftlicher Assistent) and lecturer (Privatdozent) at the Department of Mechanics in the group of Prof. Kolumban Hutter. In early 2000, I received the post-doctoral lecturing qualification (habilitation) with a thesis entitled "Large-scale glaciation on Earth and on Mars". Now I'm employed as professor for glacier and ice sheet research at the Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan. I'm continuing my research related to the dynamics and thermodynamics of ice sheets and shelves (details below). Furthermore I'm involved in teaching and student supervision duties at the Graduate School of Environmental Science (Division of Earth System Science).

For further details please have a look at my profile at researchmap or my curriculum vitae (PDF file).

Current and recent research projects

  • Projecting discharge from the Greenland ice sheet using climatic forcings derived from atmosphere-ocean models
    (JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), since 2016.04).
  • Development and application of a GPU-accelerated ice sheet model
    (JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Postdoctoral Research Fellows, since 2015.04).
  • Numerical simulations of the dynamics of the Greenlandic Qaanaaq drainage basin in the recent past and into the future
    (ILTS Research Fund Category 2, 2014.04-2015.03).
  • Simulations of the evolution and dynamics of the Antarctic ice sheet in past and future climates
    (JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), 2010.04-2014.03).


List of publications (co-)authored by me (including work 'in press' or 'submitted').

Software development

  • Ice sheet model SICOPOLIS
    (background process running since 1992, and no end in sight...  ).
  • Mars Atmosphere-Ice Coupler MAIC-2.


  • First semester 2016:
    Introduction to Cryosphere Sciences - Ice Sheet Physics.
    [Lecture notes]
  • Second semester 2015:
    Advanced Course in Theoretical Glaciology.
    [Announcement (PDF)]   [Lecture notes]
  • Second semester 2015:
    Advanced Course in International Science Communication Methods - Scientific Presentation.
    [Announcement (PDF)]   [Lecture notes]

Office contact

For office contact information please see http://wwwice.lowtem.hokudai.ac.jp/~greve/contact.html.

Go to:
    [Glacier and Ice Sheet Research Group]
    [Institute of Low Temperature Science]   [Hokkaido University]

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Last modified: 2016-05-11 by Ralf Greve