Luke Trusel

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Titles and Affiliations
Assistant Professor, Geography

Luke Trusel is an Earth system geographer whose research focuses on understanding the impacts of climate variability and change on the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets. Motivated by the potentially profound consequences of cryospheric change, Dr. Trusel’s work seeks to better understand how the ice sheets are responding, and will continue to respond, to ongoing climate change.

His work focuses on assessing ice sheet surface mass balance and hydrological processes and seeking to advance the understanding of high-latitude environments as coupled ice-ocean-atmosphere systems. This research takes an interdisciplinary approach while combining remotely sensed observations, ice core-derived climate records, and output from regional and global climate models. These efforts are aimed at generating distinct, yet complementary perspectives into spatially-extensive processes today, but with a critical temporal perspective bridging the past and the future. His recent research demonstrates that Greenland ice sheet melting has accelerated in response to Industrial-era warming, reaching intensities that are unprecedented for centuries or millennia, and that atmospheric warming over this century may threaten the viability of Antarctica’s fringing ice shelves.

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Recent Publications

Evaluating the impact of enhanced horizontal resolution over the Antarctic domain using a variable-resolution Earth system model

Datta, R. T., Herrington, A., Lenaerts, J. T. M., Schneider, D. P., Trusel, L., Yin, Z. & Dunmire, D., Sep 6 2023, In: Cryosphere. 17, 9, p. 3847-3866 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Identifying the Impacts of Sea Ice Variability on the Climate and Surface Mass Balance of West Antarctica

Kromer, J. D. & Trusel, L. D., Sep 28 2023, In: Geophysical Research Letters. 50, 18, e2023GL104436.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Higher Antarctic ice sheet accumulation and surface melt rates revealed at 2 km resolution

Noël, B., van Wessem, J. M., Wouters, B., Trusel, L., Lhermitte, S. & van den Broeke, M. R., Dec 2023, In: Nature communications. 14, 1, 7949.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Atmospheric Response to Antarctic Sea-Ice Reductions Drives Ice Sheet Surface Mass Balance Increases

Trusel, L. D., Kromer, J. D. & Datta, R. T., Oct 1 2023, In: Journal of Climate. 36, 19, p. 6879-6896 18 p.

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Repeated Tidally Induced Hydrofracture of a Supraglacial Lake at the Amery Ice Shelf Grounding Zone

Trusel, L. D., Pan, Z. & Moussavi, M., Apr 16 2022, In: Geophysical Research Letters. 49, 7, e2021GL095661.

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Projected land ice contributions to twenty-first-century sea level rise

Edwards, T. L., Nowicki, S., Marzeion, B., Hock, R., Goelzer, H., Seroussi, H., Jourdain, N. C., Slater, D. A., Turner, F. E., Smith, C. J., McKenna, C. M., Simon, E., Abe-Ouchi, A., Gregory, J. M., Larour, E., Lipscomb, W. H., Payne, A. J., Shepherd, A., Agosta, C., Alexander, P., & 64 othersAlbrecht, T., Anderson, B., Asay-Davis, X., Aschwanden, A., Barthel, A., Bliss, A., Calov, R., Chambers, C., Champollion, N., Choi, Y., Cullather, R., Cuzzone, J., Dumas, C., Felikson, D., Fettweis, X., Fujita, K., Galton-Fenzi, B. K., Gladstone, R., Golledge, N. R., Greve, R., Hattermann, T., Hoffman, M. J., Humbert, A., Huss, M., Huybrechts, P., Immerzeel, W., Kleiner, T., Kraaijenbrink, P., Le clec’h, S., Lee, V., Leguy, G. R., Little, C. M., Lowry, D. P., Malles, J. H., Martin, D. F., Maussion, F., Morlighem, M., O’Neill, J. F., Nias, I., Pattyn, F., Pelle, T., Price, S. F., Quiquet, A., Radić, V., Reese, R., Rounce, D. R., Rückamp, M., Sakai, A., Shafer, C., Schlegel, N. J., Shannon, S., Smith, R. S., Straneo, F., Sun, S., Tarasov, L., Trusel, L. D., Van Breedam, J., van de Wal, R., van den Broeke, M., Winkelmann, R., Zekollari, H., Zhao, C., Zhang, T. & Zwinger, T., May 6 2021, In: Nature. 593, 7857, p. 74-82 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abrupt Common Era hydroclimate shifts drive west Greenland ice cap change

Osman, M. B., Smith, B. E., Trusel, L. D., Das, S. B., McConnell, J. R., Chellman, N., Arienzo, M. & Sodemann, H., Oct 2021, In: Nature Geoscience. 14, 10, p. 756-761 6 p.

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Future Sea Level Change Under Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 and Phase 6 Scenarios From the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets

Payne, A. J., Nowicki, S., Abe-Ouchi, A., Agosta, C., Alexander, P., Albrecht, T., Asay-Davis, X., Aschwanden, A., Barthel, A., Bracegirdle, T. J., Calov, R., Chambers, C., Choi, Y., Cullather, R., Cuzzone, J., Dumas, C., Edwards, T. L., Felikson, D., Fettweis, X., Galton-Fenzi, B. K., & 44 othersGoelzer, H., Gladstone, R., Golledge, N. R., Gregory, J. M., Greve, R., Hattermann, T., Hoffman, M. J., Humbert, A., Huybrechts, P., Jourdain, N. C., Kleiner, T., Munneke, P. K., Larour, E., Le clec'h, S., Lee, V., Leguy, G., Lipscomb, W. H., Little, C. M., Lowry, D. P., Morlighem, M., Nias, I., Pattyn, F., Pelle, T., Price, S. F., Quiquet, A., Reese, R., Rückamp, M., Schlegel, N. J., Seroussi, H., Shepherd, A., Simon, E., Slater, D., Smith, R. S., Straneo, F., Sun, S., Tarasov, L., Trusel, L. D., Van Breedam, J., van de Wal, R., van den Broeke, M., Winkelmann, R., Zhao, C., Zhang, T. & Zwinger, T., Aug 28 2021, In: Geophysical Research Letters. 48, 16, e2020GL091741.

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Antarctic supraglacial lake identification using landsat-8 image classification

Halberstadt, A. R. W., Gleason, C. J., Moussavi, M. S., Pope, A., Trusel, L. D. & DeConto, R. M., Apr 1 2020, In: Remote Sensing. 12, 8, 1327.

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A benchmark dataset of in situ Antarctic surface melt rates and energy balance

Jakobs, C. L., Reijmer, C. H., Smeets, C. J. P. P., Trusel, L. D., Van De Berg, W. J., Van Den Broeke, M. R. & Van Wessem, J. M., Apr 1 2020, In: Journal of Glaciology. 66, 256, p. 291-302 12 p.

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Antarctic supraglacial lake detection using landsat 8 and sentinel-2 imagery: Towards continental generation of lake volumes

Moussavi, M., Pope, A., Halberstadt, A. R. W., Trusel, L. D., Cioffi, L. & Abdalat, W., 2020, In: Remote Sensing. 12, 1, 134.

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Experimental protocol for sea level projections from ISMIP6 stand-alone ice sheet models

Nowicki, S., Goelzer, H., Seroussi, H., Payne, A. J., Lipscomb, W. H., Abe-Ouchi, A., Agosta, C., Alexander, P., Asay-Davis, X. S., Barthel, A., Bracegirdle, T. J., Cullather, R., Felikson, D., Fettweis, X., Gregory, J. M., Hattermann, T., Jourdain, N. C., Kuipers Munneke, P., Larour, E., Little, C. M., & 10 othersMorlighem, M., Nias, I., Shepherd, A., Simon, E., Slater, D., Smith, R. S., Straneo, F., Trusel, L. D., Van Den Broeke, M. R. & Van De Wal, R., Jul 23 2020, In: Cryosphere. 14, 7, p. 2331-2368 38 p.

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ISMIP6 Antarctica: A multi-model ensemble of the Antarctic ice sheet evolution over the 21st century

Seroussi, H., Nowicki, S., Payne, A. J., Goelzer, H., Lipscomb, W. H., Abe-Ouchi, A., Agosta, C., Albrecht, T., Asay-Davis, X., Barthel, A., Calov, R., Cullather, R., Dumas, C., Galton-Fenzi, B. K., Gladstone, R., Golledge, N. R., Gregory, J. M., Greve, R., Hattermann, T., Hoffman, M. J., & 27 othersHumbert, A., Huybrechts, P., Jourdain, N. C., Kleiner, T., Larour, E., Leguy, G. R., Lowry, D. P., Little, C. M., Morlighem, M., Pattyn, F., Pelle, T., Price, S. F., Quiquet, A., Reese, R., Schlegel, N. J., Shepherd, A., Simon, E., Smith, R. S., Straneo, F., Sun, S., Trusel, L. D., Van Breedam, J., Van De Wal, R. S. W., Winkelmann, R., Zhao, C., Zhang, T. & Zwinger, T., Sep 17 2020, In: Cryosphere. 14, 9, p. 3033-3070 38 p., 14-3033-2020.

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Global environmental consequences of twenty-first-century ice-sheet melt

Golledge, N. R., Keller, E. D., Gomez, N., Naughten, K. A., Bernales, J., Trusel, L. D. & Edwards, T. L., Feb 7 2019, In: Nature. 566, 7742, p. 65-72 8 p.

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Industrial-era decline in subarctic Atlantic productivity

Osman, M. B., Das, S. B., Trusel, L. D., Evans, M. J., Fischer, H., Grieman, M. M., Kipfstuhl, S., McConnell, J. R. & Saltzman, E. S., May 23 2019, In: Nature. 569, 7757, p. 551-555 5 p.

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