Shad O’Neel

Shad O’Neel

INSTAAR Affiliate

  • Research Geophysicist, USGS


  • PhD: University of Colorado Boulder, 2006

Contact Information


Glacier-climate interactions and sea level rise; small glaciers; glacier-generated seismicity; photogrammetry.

Research Interests

Glacier-climate interactions and sea level rise: Melting of glaciers and ice-sheets provides the largest eustatic contribution to global sea level rise. Terrestrial glaciers respond to temperature changes, but nonlinear dynamic processes at marine-terminating glaciers are important, yet poorly constrained. Such dynamic instabilities allow rapid flow and even faster iceberg calving, complicating estimates of sea level contributions.

Small glaciers: The world’s glaciers and ice caps, not the great ice sheets, are changing most rapidly and will have the largest and most immediate impact on Earth’s population.

Glacier-generated seismicity: Information pertaining to both flow and calving are stored in the seismograms produced by glaciers, yet these signals are poorly understood. Automatic event detection and time-series development, analysis of site and path effects, frequency-magnitude distributions are underway and serve to clarify the source physics of iceberg calving.

Photogrammetry: Dynamical information can be extracted from images acquired from spaceborne, airborne and terrestrial photography. Time-lapse sequences provide robust time series of change, and I am working on automatic processing algorithms to streamline data acquisition.