Institutskolloquium PG: Deep-learning-driven estimation of global glacier thickness. – Mi. 17.05.2023

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Dr. Samuel Cook
Physisch-geographisches Kolloquium (PG):
Deep-learning-driven estimation of global glacier thickness.

Dr. Samuel Cook (Univ. Lausanne, Schweiz)

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Matthias Braun

I present my ongoing work using the emulator from the Instructed Glacier Model (IGM) ( to invert for ice thickness at the 200,000 glaciers in the world outside the polar ice sheets. The basis of the emulator is a convolutional neural network trained on the outputs of full-Stokes simulations of real glaciers. Provided with surface velocities – taken from the new global dataset compiled by Millan et al. (2022) – and surface DEMs, this emulator can invert for thickness at any glacier in the world with a comparable accuracy to traditional full-Stokes inversion, but at a fraction of the computational cost. This allows us to greatly improve our estimates of global glacier volume, vital both for prediction of sea-level rise, but also for local communities in mountainous areas, who often rely on glacier melt for a large proportion of their water resources. I will discuss the rationale and methods behind my work, as well as preliminary results and the problems I’m currently working on.

Wann: Mittwoch, 17.05.2023 von 12:30 bis 14:00 Uhr
Wo: Präsenz, Seminarraum Tennenlohe, Wetterkreuz 15, 91058 Erlangen.


Vortragsübersicht für das Institutskolloquium im Sommersemester 2023.

Fragen zum Kolloquium?
Organisation: Dr. Jan Winkler (KG) ( & Dr. Sebastian Feick (PG) (