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Frank Pattyn

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, ISMIP-HEINO, MISMIP, MISMIP3D, and ABUMIP (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 of Glaciology.

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