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Pfeffer, W. Tad Professor


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  • W. Tad Pfeffer is a glaciologist whose research is focused on glacier mechanics and dynamics, on dynamics of ocean-ending glaciers, and glacier contributions to sea level. Over the past 30 years he has worked mostly on field and experimental projects aimed at discovering the processes underlying glacier motion and response to environmental forcing. More recently, starting with his participation with the Snow, Ice, Water, and Permafrost (SWIPA) assessment (2007-2011), he has moved into assessment, guidance, and science policy. He served (2010-2014) as a Lead Author in Working Group I for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). During 2015-2016 he served as a Jefferson Science Fellow in Washington, DC, assigned to the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia.


  • Glacier mechanics and dynamics, sea level rise, adaptation to sea level rise, Geologic hazards, geotechnical engineering, architecture and architectural history, science policy


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