Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

Ryan Cassotto

Research Interests

My research focuses on geophysical deformation of the shallow earth. I use a suite of satellite and terrestrial remote sensing platforms to characterize surface variations to gain a better understanding of the underlying geophysical processes that drive these changes. Recent projects include the impact of a granular proglacial ice mélange on tidewater glacier calving, the influence of perennial firn aquifers on tidewater glacier dynamics, and the relationship between cascading natural hazards (drought, wildfire, precipitation events, landslides) and climate change. 

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  • Cassotto, R; Fahnestock, M; Amundson, JM; Truffer, M; Boettcher, MS; de la Pena, S; Howat, I (2019), Non-linear glacier response to calving events, Jakobshavn Isbrae, Greenland. Version: 1 JOURNAL OF GLACIOLOGY 65 (249) 39-54, issn: 0022-1430, doi: 10.1017/jog.2018.90
  • Burton, JC, JM Amundson, R Cassotto, CC Kuo and M Dennin (2018), Quantifying flow and stress in ice melange, the worlds largest granular material. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. Version: 1 115 (20) 5105-5110, issn: 0027-8424, ids: GF7AQ, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1715136115, PubMed ID: 29712869
  • Motyka, RJ, R Cassotto, M Truffer, KK Kjeldsen, D van As, NJ Korsgaard, M Fahnestock, I Howat, PL Langen, J Mortensen, K Lennert and S Rysgaard (2017), Asynchronous behavior of outlet glaciers feeding Godthabsfjord (Nuup Kangerlua) and the triggering of Narsap Sermias retreat in SW Greenland. J. Glaciol. Version: 1 63 (238) 288-308, issn: 0022-1430, ids: EN6PB, doi: 10.1017/jog.2016.138
  • Voytenko, D, TH Dixon, DM Holland, R Cassotto, IM Howat, MA Fahnestock, M Truffer and S De la Pena (2017), Acquisition of a 3 min, two-dimensional glacier velocity field with terrestrial radar interferometry. J. Glaciol. Version: 1 63 (240) 629-636, issn: 0022-1430, ids: FN3BB, doi: 10.1017/jog.2017.28