Isabella Velicogna

Assistant Professor
Department of Earth System Science
3226 Croul Hall, Irvine, CA 92697-3100

Phone: (949) 824-5419
Fax: (949) 824-3874


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Employment and Positions:

  • Sep 2007 – Present: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Earth System Science at the University of California Irvine.
  • Jun 2007 – Present : Faculty part-time, Senior Scientist, division 32 Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA.
  • Jan 2006 – Jun 2007: Senior Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, Pasadena, CA.
  • Jan 2006 – Present. Adjunct Professor of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science, CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.
  • Jul 2006 – Present. Adjunct Professor of the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics - OGS, Trieste Italy.
  • Jan 2001 – Sep 2007: Research Scientist, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science, and Dept of Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. .
  • Jan 1999 – Dec 2000: Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of Colorado (Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science; Dept of Physics), Boulder, CO.


Professional Activities and International Committee Membership:

  • Editor of Geophysical Journal International. 2006- Present.
  • June 2011 National Academy of Science Workshop to produce a report on Legacies and Lessons of International Polar Year 2007-2008 invitation only.
  • June 2011. Invited keynote speaker at the IPCC AR5 Workshop on Sea Level Rise and Ice Sheet Instabilities, Working Group 1. Invitation only meeting.
  • 2006-2008. Chair of the AGU Hydrology Remote Sensing Committee.
  • 2005-2006. Chair, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Geodesy Program
  • 2005-present. Member of the AGU Geodesy Committee.
  • Session convener and Organizer: European Geophysical Society, (EGS 2002, 2003; EGU 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) — American Geophysical Union (AGU 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) — IUGG (2007)
  • Member of the GRACE science team to map the Earth’s static and time variable gravity field, (2002- Present).
  • Member of the Northern Eurasia Earth Science Partnership Initiative (NEESPI) science team, (2004- Present).
  • Member of the NASA Energy and Water Cycle Study (NEWS) Science Team, (2004-Present). ;
  • Member of the NASA Land Cover Land Use Change science team, (2004-Present).
  • Ad hoc Referee for J. Geophys. Res., Geophys. Res. Lett., Geophys. J. Int., J. of Hydrology, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., Earth, Planets and Space, J. of Geodesy, Planets and Space, J. of Geodesy, J. of Glaciology, J. of Climate.
  • Reviewer for NASA, NSF, ESA, NOAA, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, The Secretariat of the Top-level Research Initiative, Norwey proposals, ( 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010).
  • Member of NASA and NSF proposal review panels (2007, 2008, 2009).


Field Experience

  • Measurements of current, salinity and temperature profile in tide water glacier in Greenland (Greenland Summer 2008).
  • Precision gravity measurements (Italy, 1997-1998)
  • GPS campaign survey (Wabash Valley, midcontinent U.S., 1998)


Community Service and Education Outreach

  • 2011 - Interview w. Richard Kerr, Science Magazine on Ice Sheet Mass Balance.
  • 2011 - Interviews with press and medias on Geophys. Res. Lett. article on ice sheet mass balance, Feb. 2011.
  • 2010 - Scientific committee for the exhibit ”Poles in Peril” of the the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA.
  • 2008 - Participed in the Documentary on GRACE satellite mission for the American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY.



  • ESS 15 Introduction to Global Climate Change, spring 2010-2011 UCI
  • ESS 236 Advanced Remote Sensing, spring 2008 UCI
  • ESS 116 Data Analysis, Fall 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 UCI.
  • ESS 199 Research for Undergraduate, lecture on ’Remote Sensing Research’, Fall 2007 UCI.
  • ESS 199 Research for Undergraduate, lecture on ’Remote Sensing Research’, Fall 2008 UCI.
  • Geophysical Geodesy at the Vening Meinesz Research School of Geodynamics in the Netherlands, Utrecht University. 2004
  • Applied Geophysics, an upper-level undergraduate course (University of Trieste) 1998. – Fundamental Mathematics and Physics, an undergraduate course (University of Trieste) 1998


Research Interests:

Use of space-based climate measurements for cryospheric and high latitude regional studies. Study of processes of global change using various remote sensing techniques, as well as lithospheric properties and loading processes on geological timescales. Particularly use of satellite measurements of static and time variable gravity to examine groundwater hydrology, polar ice mass balance, viscoelastic rebound and earth rheology.

Observing and monitoring changes of ice sheets mass balance and high latitude regions in a warming climate and determining the impact on global and regional sea level, using a combination of satellite remote sensing techniques, ground observations and numerical modeling.

Development of methods for joint estimation of, or inversion for, different components of the water cycle including its atmospheric and cryospheric components.