Frank Pattyn is a glaciologist/ice-sheet modeller and co-director of the Laboratoire de Glaciologie of the ULB. He is responsible for teaching geomorphology and climatology courses in the Bachelor of Geography and the Master in Environmenal Sciences at the ULB.
He developed a number of ice-sheet models, such as a three-dimensional thermomechanical ice-sheet model including higher-order stress gradients (Blatter-Pattyn model). Such models are capable of simulating the behaviour of fast-flowing ice streams and ice flow across subglacial lakes. He is also actively involved in a series of Ice-Sheet Model Intercomparison Projects (ISMIP), such as ISMIP-HOM, ISMIP-HEINO, MISMIP, MISMIP3D, and MISMIP+.
He took part in several expeditions to Antarctica and to glaciers of the Arctic in order to study the interaction of glaciers and ice sheets with subglacial water and the ocean, using ice radar and differential GPS.
He is currently president of the Belgian National Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR delegate), vice-president of the International Glaciological Society (IGS) and scientific editor of The Cryosphere.
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