Nye Lecture

John Nye Lecture Series

The John F. Nye Lecture honors the work of cryospheric science pioneer, John F. Nye. This named lecture is presented annually during the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco. The Nye Lecturer is selected based on highlighting and recognizing an outstanding cryospheric scientist and her/his recent accomplishments as well as the individual’s ability to present exciting science to the non-cryosphere community of AGU scientists.

Who is Dr. John Nye?

John F. Nye is a cryospheric science pioneer; currently professor emeritus in physics at the University of Bristol, in the UK. Nye planted intellectual seeds widely on topics in their infancy. Nye developed a new theory in the early 1950s that ice deformed irrecoverably. Nye applied this new ice rheology theory with success in predicting glacier behavior, including a new science of glacier surging. What is today commonly referred to as Glen’s flow law is more appropriately named the Glen-Nye flow law; and remains in widespread use. Nye studied water flow in ice more than 50 years ago, a topic receiving critical attention today as melt water is now widely recognized as providing a rapid response mechanism of land ice to climate warming. Nye made other pioneering work investigating dynamics at the bed of glaciers. So-called, Nye-channels are those forming in the glacier bed, in contrast to Röthlisburger channels that form in the overlying ice.

(From Jason Box’s introduction to the 2008 Nye Lecture)

For more information about award qualifications and nominating instructions for Nye Lecturer, go to the AGU Honors page.

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Past Nye Lecturers

2019

Dr. Helen Amanda Fricker

December 2019, San Francisco

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2018

Dr. Jacqueline Richter-Menge

Tuesday 11 December, 14:50 – 15:40 in Marriott Marquis – Marquis 5 – A Career of Change

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2017

Dr. Roger Bales

"Making up for lost snow: lessons from a warming Sierra Nevada", is now available to watch online.

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2016

Dr. Christina Hulbe

Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering? Time and Change in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (Tuesday 13 December, 2016)

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2015

Dr. Eric Rignot

Ice Sheet Systems and Sea Level Change (Tuesday 15 December, 2015)

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2014

Dr. Jim White

Abrupt Climate Change: The View from the Past, the Present, and the Future

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2013

Dr. Douglas MacAyeal

The Joy of Ice

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2012

Dr. Elizabeth Moris

“Hot ice & wondrous strange snow”: three-phase mixtures or something more?

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2011

Dr. W. Tad Pfeffer

We Are All Engineers Now: Delivering Useful Projections Of Sea Level Rise

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2010

Dr. Jeff Dozier

Mountain Hydrology, The Fourth Paradigm, and the Color of Snow

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2009

Dr. Larry Hinzman

Arctic Hydrology and the Role of Feedbacks in the Climate System

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2008

Dr. Mary Albert

Polar Science in Time of Rapid Change

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2007

Dr. Mark Serreze

Arctic Climate Change: Where Reality Exceeds Expectations

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2006

Dr. Garry Clarke

Water Under Ice: Curiosities, Complexities, and Catastrophes

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2005

Dr. Matthew Sturm

Snow Crystals, Shrubs, and the Changing Climate of the Arctic

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2004

Dr. Richard Alley

We’re All Glaciologists Now: Ice in the Climate System

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2003

Dr. Kurt Cuffey

Stable Isotopes in Ice: Tracers of the Global Environment

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2002

Dr. Robert Bindschadler

Consider an Ice Stream

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