|Frank Pattyn is a glaciologist/ice-sheet
modeller, director of the Laboratoire
de Glaciologie and deputy head of the
department Geosciences, environment and Society (DGES)
of the ULB.
He is responsable for teaching geomorphology and
climatology courses in the Bachelor of Geography
and Geology and the Master in Environmenal
Sciences at the ULB.
He developed a number of
ice-sheet models, such as a three-dimensional
thermomechanical ice-sheet model including
higher-order stress gradients (Blatter-Pattyn
model), also extended to a full Stokes model.
Such models are capable of simulating the
behaviour of ice streams and their interaction
with the ice sheet, as well as the ice flow over
subglacial lakes. He is also actively involved in
a series of Ice-Sheet Model Intercomparison
Projects (ISMIP), such as ISMIP-HOM,
(CMIP6-endorsed). He is the recipient of the Louis
Agassiz medal of the EGU Cryospheric science
division in 2018.
He took part in several expeditions to
Antarctica and to glaciers of the Arctic in order
to study the interaction of glaciers and ice
sheets with subglacial water and the ocean, using
ice radar and differential GPS.
He is currently president of the Belgian
National Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR delegate)
and Associate Chief Editor of the Journal