Cornell geologists, examining the desolate Vavilov ice cap on the northern fringe of Siberia in the Arctic Circle, have for the first time observed the rapid ice loss from an improbable new river of... Read more about Prof. Matt Pritchard and docoral student Whyjay Zheng detect rapid ‘ice stream’ at Arctic glacier.
Matt Pritchard is a geophysicist who measures changes in the shape of the Earth and develops models of the myriad processes that cause these changes including: earthquakes, volcanoes, groundwater, landslides, and glaciers. Prior to arriving at Cornell in 2005, Pritchard was a Harry Hess Postdoctoral Scholar at Princeton University, a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology, and an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago.
Geophysics, glaciology, geodesy, tectonics, and volcanology; Optical and radar satellite remote sensing, subsurface energy systems.
- Remote Sensing
- Earth System Science
- Space Science and Engineering
- Geophysics and Seismology
- Geochemistry, Petrology and Volcanology
- Paleontology, Sedimentary Basins & Surface Processes
- Energy, Mineral and Water Resources
- Space and Planetary Sciences
- Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
- Natural Hazards
- Tectonics and Structural Geology
Global geophysics, active tectonics, planetary surfaces and geophysics, remote sensing, glaciers, lunar geology, and subsurface energy systems.
Durkin W. J. IV, S. Kachuck, and M. E. Pritchard (2019) The importance of the inelastic and elastic structure of the crust in constraining glacial density, mass change, and isostatic adjustment from geodetic observations in southeast Alaska, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 124, 1106-1119, doi: 10.1029/2018jb016399.
Pritchard, M. E., T. A. Mather, S. R. McNutt, F. J. Delgado, and K. Reath (2019) Thoughts on the criteria to determine the origin of volcanic unrest as magmatic or non-magmatic, Philosophical Transactions A of the Royal Society, A377:2018008, doi: 10.1098/rsta.2018.0008.
Reath, K., M. Pritchard, M. Poland, F. Delgado, S. Carn, D. Coppola, B Andrews, S. K. Ebmeier, E. Rumpf, S. Henderson, S. Baker, P. Lundgren, R. Wright, J. Biggs, T. Lopez, C. Wauthier, S. Moruzzi, A. Alcott, R. Wessels, J. Griswold, S. Ogburn, S. Loughlin, F. Meyer, G. Vaughan, and M. Bagnardi (2019) Thermal, deformation, and degassing remote sensing time series (A.D. 2000-2017) at the 47 most active volcanoes in Latin America: Implications for Volcanic Systems, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 124. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JB016199
Willis, M. J., W. Zheng, W. J. Durkin IV, M. E. Pritchard, J. M. Ramage, J. A. Dowdeswell, T. J. Benham, R. P. Bassford, L. A. Stearns, A. F. Glazovsky, Y. Y. Macheret, C. C. Porter (2018) Massive destabilization of an Arctic ice cap, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 502, p. 146-155.
Pritchard, M. E., and S.-H. Yun (2018) Satellite radar imaging and its application to natural hazards, Natural Hazards: Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Landslides, edited by R. S. Singh and D. Bartlett, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, p. 95-114.
Selected Awards and Honors
- Geodesy Section Award (American Geophysical Union) 2015
- Kavli Fellow and speaker at the Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium (Kavli Foundation) 2015
- Editor's citation for Excellence in Refereeing (American Geophysical Union) 2013
- National Earthscope Speaker (Earthscope National Office) 2012
- Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award (Illinois Math & Science Academy) 2011
- BA (Physics), University of Chicago, 1997
- MS (Geophysics), California Institute of Engineering, 2000
- Ph D (Geophysics & Seismology), California Institute of Technology, 2003
Research Group Members
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