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Christopher McNeil

My research focuses on understanding the ways glaciers change in area, volume, and mass at basin-to-regional spatial scales, and how those changes impact local ecosystems and global sea level.

My projects synthesize both in-situ and remotely sensed data of glacier change ranging from Alaska to the Contiguous United States. Research includes reanalyzing the longest in-situ records of glacier change in North America to homogenize the U.S. Geological Survey’s traditional glacier monitoring network. Additionally, my research extends to understanding the factors (hypsometry, snow accumulation patterns, energy balances, dynamic processes) that drive variable glacier change rates at the mountain range scale. This work leverages historical aerial imagery, high resolution commercial satellite imagery, open-source computing platforms, geospatial analyses, and high-performance computing.