Profile for Kelly Brunt

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Title: Assistant Research Scientist
Affiliation: GESTAR/Morgan State University
Contact: E-mail
Office Phone: 301-286-5943
Fax: 301-614-5644

Research interests

Ice shelves; icebergs; grounding zones; laser altimetry.

Short Biography

Dr. Brunt joined the Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory as an Assistant Research Scientist in June 2010. She obtained a B.S. in Geology from Syracuse University and an M.S. in Geology from the University of Montana. She received her Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Chicago in 2008, modeling ice-shelf flow and the connection between ice shelves, ice streams, and the ocean. As a postdoctoral scholar at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, she worked on the calibration and validation of Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) laser altimetry data. At NASA, Dr. Brunt provides support to the ICESat-2 mission.

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Borsa, A., G. Moholdt, H.A. Fricker, and K.M. Brunt (2014). A range correction for ICESat and its potential impact on ice-sheet mass balance studies The Cryosphere, 8, 345–357

Brunt, K., T. A. Neumann, K. M. Walsh, and T. Markus. (2014). Determination of Local Slope on the Greenland Ice Sheet Using a Multibeam Photon-Counting Lidar in Preparation for the ICESat-2 Mission IEEE Geoscience and Remoste Sensing Letters, 11(5).

Brunt, K., H.A. Fricker, and L. Padman (2011). Analysis of ice plains of Filchner/Ronne Ice Shelf, Antarctica, using ICESat laser altimetry Journal of Glaciology, 57(205), 965-975

Brunt, K., E.A. Okal, and D.R. MacAyeal. (2011). Antarctic ice-shelf calving triggered by Honshu earthquake and tsunami Journal of Glaciology, 57(205), 785-788

Brunt, K., H.A. Fricker, L. Padman, T.A. Scambos, and S. O'Neel. (2010). Mapping the grounding zone of the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica, using ICESat laser altimetry Annals of Glaciology, 51(55), 71-79

Brunt, K., M.A. King, H.A. Fricker, and D.R. MacAyeal. (2010). Flow of the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica, is modulated by the ocean tide Journal of Glaciology, 56(195), 157-161