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List of publications in Di-Fusion (ULB depository)

Peer reviewed publications


  1. Pattyn, F.: Sea-level response to melting of Antarctic ice shelves on multi-centennial time scales with the fast Elementary Thermomechanical Ice Sheet model (f.ETISh v1.0), The Cryosphere Discuss., doi:10.5194/tc-2017-8, in review, 2017


  1. Drews, R., F. Pattyn, I. Hewitt, F. Ng, S. Berger, K. Matsuoka, V. Helm, N. Bergeot, L. Favier, N. Neckel (2017) Actively evolving subglacial conduits and eskers initiate ice shelf channels at an Antarctic grounding line. Nature Communications. Accepted for publication.
  1. Kawamura, K et al. (including F. Pattyn) (2016) State dependence of climatic instability over the past 720,000 years from Antarctic ice cores and climate modelling. Science Advances 3(2) DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600446
  1. Lenaerts, J., S. Lhermitte, R. Drews, S. Ligtenberg, S. Berger, V. Helm, C. Smeets, M. van den Broeke, W.J. van de Berg, E. van Meijgaard, M. Eijkelboom, O. Eisen, F. Pattyn (2017) Meltwater produced by wind-albedo interaction stored in an East Antarctic ice shelf. Nature Climate Change. 7, 58-62, doi:10.1038/nclimate3180


  1. Favier, L., F. Pattyn, S. Berger, R. Drews (2016) Dynamic influence of pinning points on marine ice-sheet stability: a numerical study in Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica. The Cryosphere. 10, 2623-2635.
  1. Philippe, M., J.-L. Tison, K. Fjøsne, B. Hubbard, H. A. Kjær, J. T. M. Lenaerts, S. G. Sheldon, K. De Bondt, P. Claeys, and F. Pattyn (2016) Ice core evidence for a 20th century increase in surface mass balance in coastal Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica. The Cryosphere 10: 2501-2516.
  1. Asay-Davis, X.S., S. L. Cornford, G. Durand, B. K. Galton-Fenzi, R. M. Gladstone, G. H. Gudmundsson, T. Hattermann, D. M. Holland, D. Holland, P. R. Holland, D. F. Martin, P. Mathiot, F. Pattyn, and H. Seroussi (2016) Experimental design for three interrelated marine ice sheet and ocean model intercomparison projects: MISMIP v. 3 (MISMIP +), ISOMIP v. 2 (ISOMIP +) and MISOMIP v. 1 (MISOMIP1). Geophysical Model Development (GMD) 9: 2471-2497.
  1. Drews, R., J. Brown, K. Matsuoka, E. Witrant, M. Philippe, B. Hubbard, F. Pattyn (2016) Constraining variable density of ice shelves using wide-angle radar measurements. The Cryosphere 10:811-823.
  1. Callens, D., R. Drews, E. Witrant, M. Philippe, F. Pattyn (2016) Temporally stable surface mass balance asymmetry across an ice rise derived from radar internal reflection horizons through inverse modeling. J. Glaciol. 62(233): 525-534.
  1. Berger, S., L. Favier, R. Drews, J.J. Derwael, F. Pattyn (2016) The control of an uncharted pinning point on the flow of an Antarctic ice shelf. J. Glaciol., 62(231) 37–45.


  1. Durand, G. and F. Pattyn (2015) Reducing uncertainties in projections of Antarctic ice mass loss. The Cryosphere 9, 2043-2055.
  1. Matsuoka, K, R.C.A. Hindmarsh, G Moholdt, M. J. Bentley, H. D. Pritchard, J. Brown, H. Conway, R. Drews, G. Durand, D. Goldberg, T. Hattermann, J. Kingslake, J.T.M.Lenaerts, C. Martín, R. Mulvaney, K. Nicholls, F. Pattyn, N. Ross, T. Scambos, P. Whitehouse (2015) Antarctic ice rises and rumples: their properties and significance for ice-sheet dynamics and evolution. Earth Science Reviews 150, 724-745.
  1. Holland, D., D. Holland and the MISOMIP team (inluding F. Pattyn) (2015). On the Rocks: The Challenges of Predicting Sea Level Rise, EOS, 96, doi:10.1029/2015EO036667.
  1. Pattyn, F., S. Carter and M. Thoma (2015) Advances in modelling subglacial lakes and their interaction with the Antarctic ice sheet. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 374 (2059), 20140296.
  1. Favier, L. and F. Pattyn (2015) Antarctic ice-rise formation, evolution and stability. Geophysical Research Letters 42, doi:10.1002/2015GL064195.
  1. Drews, R., K. Matsuoka , C. Martin, D. Callens , N. Bergeot , and F. Pattyn (2015) Sustained thinning over millennia of an ice rise in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica.Journal of Geophysical Research (Earth Surface) doi:10.1002/2014JF003246
  1. Callens, D., N. Thonnard, J. Lenaerts, W.J. van de Berg, K. Matsuoka, and F. Pattyn (2015) Mass balance of the Sør Rondane Glacier System, East Antarctica. Annals of Glaciology 56(70): 63-69.


  1. Lenaerts, J, Brown, J, van den Broeke, M, Matsuoka, K, Drews, R, Callens, D, Philippe, M, Gorodetskaya, I.V., van Meijgaard, E., Tijm-Reijmer, C, Pattyn, F. & van Lipzig, N.P.M. (2014). High variability of climate and surface mass balance induced by Antarctic ice rises. Journal of Glaciology, 60 (224), (pp. 1101-1110)
  1. Callens, D., K. Matsuoka, D. Steinhage, B. Smith, E. Witrant and F. Pattyn (2014) Transition of flow regime along a marine-terminating outlet glacier in East Antarctica. The Cryosphere. 8, 867-875.
  1. Docquier, D., D. Pollard and F. Pattyn (2014) Thwaites Glacier grounding line retreat: influence of width and buttressing parameterizations. J. Glaciol. 60 (220): 305-313.
  1. Thoma, M., K. Grosfeld, D. Barbi, J. Determann, S. Göller, C. Mayer, and F. Pattyn (2014) RIMBAY – a multi-approximation 3D ice-dynamics model for comprehensive applications: model description and examples. Geosci. Model Dev., 7, 1-21.
  1. Feldmann, J, T. Albrecht, C. Khroulev, F. Pattyn, A. Levermann (2014) Resolution-dependent performance of grounding line motion in a shallow model compared to a full-Stokes model according to the MISMIP3d intercomparison. J. Glaciol. 60 (220): 353-360.
  1. Hubbard, B., J.L. Tison, M. Philippe, B. Heene, F. Pattyn, T. Malone, J. Freitag (2013) Ice-shelf density reconstructed from optical-televiewer borehole logging. Geophys. Res. Lett. 40 (22): 5882-5887.
  1. D. Di Nitto, G. Neukermans, N. Koedam, H. Defever, F. Pattyn, J. G. Kairo, and F. Dahdouh-Guebas (2014) Mangroves facing climate change: landward migration potential in response to projected scenarios of sea level rise. Biogeosciences 11, 857-871.


  1. Van Liefferinge, B. and F. Pattyn (2013) Using ice-flow models to evaluate potential sites of million year-old ice in Antarctica. Clim. Past, 9, 2335-2345.
  1. Fischer, H., J. Severinghaus, E. Brooke, E. Wolff, M. Albert, O. Alemany, R. Arthern, C. Bentley, D. Blankenship, J. Chappellaz, T. Creyts, D. Dahl-Jensen, M. Dinn, M. Frezzotti, S. Fujita, H. Gallee, R. Hindmarsh, D. Hudspeth, G. Jugie, K. Kawamura, V. Lipenkov, H. Miller, R. Mulvaney, F. Pattyn, C. Ritz, J. Schwander, D. Steinhage, T. van Ommen, and F. Wilhelms (2013) Where to find 1.5 million year old ice for the IPICS “Oldest Ice” ice core. Climate of the Past 9, 2489–2505.
  1. Pattyn, F. and G. Durand (2013) Why marine ice-sheet model predictions may diverge in estimating future sea-level rise. Geophys. Res. Lett. 40(16): 4316-4320.
  1. Delcourt, C., B. Van Liefferinge, F. Pattyn and M. Nolan (2013) The climate memory of an Arctic polythermal glacier. J. Glaciol. 59(218): 1084-1092.
  1. Hanna, E., F. Navarro, F. Pattyn, C. M. Domingues, X. Fettweis, E. R. Ivins, R. J. Nicholls,C. Ritz, B. Smith, S. Tulaczyk, P. L. Whitehouse, H. J. Zwally (2013) Ice sheet mass balance and climate change. Nature. 498 (7452), 51-59
  1. Nick, F. M., A. Vieli, M. L. Andersen, I. R. Joughin, A. J. Payne, T. Edwards, F. Pattyn, and R. van de Wal (2013) Future sea level rise from Greenland’s major outlet glaciers in a warming climate. Nature 497 (7448), 235-238.
  1. Pattyn, F., L. Perichon, G. Durand, L. Favier, O. Gagliardini, R. Hindmarsh, T. Zwinger, T. Albrecht, S. Cornford, D. Docquier, J. Fuerst, D. Goldberg, G. H. Gudmundsson, A. Humbert, M. Huetten, P. Huybrechts, G. Jouvet, T. Kleiner, E. Larour, D. Martin, M. Morlighem, T. Payne, D. Pollard, M. Rueckamp, O. Rybak, H. Seroussi, M. Thoma, and N. Wilkens (2013) Grounding-line migration in plan-view marine ice-sheet models: results of the ice2sea MISMIP3d intercomparison. J. Glaciol. 59 (215): 410-422.
  1. Drouet, A.S., D. Docquier, R. Hindmarsh, G. Durand, F. Pattyn, O. Gagliardini, T. Zwinger (2013) Grounding line transient response in marine ice sheet models. The Cryosphere, 7, 395-406, doi:10.5194/tc-7-395-2013.
  1. NEEM Community Members - including F. Pattyn (2013) Eemian interglacial reconstructed from a Greenland folded ice core. Nature 493: 489-494. doi:10.1038/nature11789.


  1. Matsuoka, K., J. MacGregor and F. Pattyn (2012) Predicting radar attenuation within the Antarctic ice sheet. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 359-360: 173-183.
  1. Pattyn F., K. Matsuoka, H. Conway, D. Callens, M. Depoorter, D. Docquier, B. Hubbard, D. Samyn, JL. Tison (2012) Radar and ice-core evidence for active ice-ocean interaction under the Roi Baudouin Ice Shelf, East Antarctica. J.Geophys. Res.117, F04008, doi:10.1029/2011JF002154.
  1. MacGregor, J., K. Matsuoka, E. Waddington, D. Winebrenner and F. Pattyn (2012) Modeling the spatial variation of englacial radar attenuation and application to the Vostok flowline. J. Geophys. Res. 117, F03022, doi:10.1029/2011JF002327.
  1. Pattyn, F., C. Schoof, L. Perichon, R.C.A. Hindmarsh, E. Bueler, B. de Fleurian, G. Durand, O. Gagliardini, R. Gladstone, D. Goldberg, G.H. Gudmundsson, P. Huybrechts, V. Lee, F.M. Nick, A.J. Payne, D. Pollard, O. Rybak, F. Saito, and A. Vieli (2012) Results of the Marine Ice Sheet Model Intercomparison Project, MISMIP. The Cryosphere, 6, 573-588, doi:10.5194/tc-6-573-2012.
  1. Thoma, M., K. Grosfeld, C. Mayer and F. Pattyn (2012) Ice flow sensitivity to boundary processes: a coupled model study in the Subglacial Lake Vostok area. Ann. Glaciol. 53(60): 173-180.
  1. Hubbard, B., J.L. Tison, F. Pattyn, M. Dierckx, T. Boereboom, K. Matsuoka, D. Samyn (2012) Optical-televiewer-based identification and characterization of material facies associated with an ice-shelf rift. Ann. Glaciol. 53(60): 53 (60), 137-146.
  1. Nick, F.M., A. Luckman, A. Vieli, C.J. van der Veen, D. van As, R.S.W. van de Wal, A. Hubbard, D. Floricioiu, F. Pattyn (2012) The response of Petermann Glacier to large calving events and its future stability in the context of atmospheric and oceanic warming. J. Glaciol. 58 (208): 229-239.
  1. Matsuoka, K., F. Pattyn, D. Callens, Howard Conway (2012) Radar characteristics of the basal interface across the grounding zone of an ice-rise promontory, East Antarctica. Ann. Glaciol. 53(60): 29-34.


  1. Docquier, D., L. Perichon, F. Pattyn (2011) Representing grounding line dynamics in numerical ice sheet models: Recent advances and outlook. Surveys in Geophysics. doi:10.1007/s10712-011-9133-3.
  1. Pattyn, F. (2011) Antarctic subglacial lake discharges. in M. J. Siegert, M. C. Kennicutt II, and R. A. Bindschadler (Eds.) Antarctic Subglacial Aquatic Environments. Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 192, 2011.


  1. Matsuoka, K., J.A. MacGregor and F. Pattyn, 2010, Using englacial radar attenuation to better diagnose the subglacial environment: A review, Proc. 13th Intl. Conf. on Ground Penetrating Radar, 5 pp., doi:10.1109/ICGPR.2010.5550161.
  1. Calov, R., R. Greve, A. Abe-Ouchi, E. Bueler, P. Huybrechts, J.V. Johnson, F. Pattyn, D. Pollard, C. Ritz, F. Saito, L. Tarasov (2010) Results from the ice sheet model intercomparison project Heinrich event intercomparison (ISMIP HEINO). J. Glaciol. 56 (197): 371-383.
  1. Pattyn, F. (2010) Antarctic subglacial conditions inferred from a hybrid ice sheet/ice stream model. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 295: 451-461.
  1. De Smedt, B., F. Pattyn and P. De Groen (2010) On the use of the unstable manifold correction in a Picard iteration for the solution of the velocity field in higher-order ice-flow models. J. Glaciol. 56 (196): 257-261.
  1. Thoma, M., K. Grosfeld, C. Mayer, and F. Pattyn (2010) Interaction between ice sheet dynamics and subglacial lake circulation: a coupled modelling approach, The Cryosphere 4(1): 1-12.
  1. Pattyn, F., K. Matsuoka, J. Berte (2010) Glacio-meteorological conditions in the vicinity of the Belgian Princess Elisabeth Station, Antarctica. Antarctic Science 22 (1), 79-85, doi:10.1017/S0954102009990344.


  1. Huybrechts, P., O. Rybak, D. Steinhage and F. Pattyn (2009) Past and present accumulation rate reconstruction along the Dome Fuji-Kohnen radio echo sounding profile, Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica. Annals of Glaciology 50(51): 112-120.
  1. F. Pattyn, C. Delcourt, D. Samyn, B. De Smedt and M. Nolan (2009) Bed properties and hydrological conditions underneath McCall Glacier, Alaska, USA. Annals of Glaciology 50(51): 80-84.


  1. F. Pattyn, L. Perichon, A. Aschwanden, B. Breuer, B. de Smedt, O. Gagliardini, G. H. Gudmundsson, R. Hindmarsh, A. Hubbard, J. V. Johnson, T. Kleiner, Y. Konovalov, C. Martin, A. J. Payne, D. Pollard, S. Price, M. Rueckamp, F. Saito, O. Soucek, S. Sugiyama, and T. Zwinger (2008) Benchmark experiments for higher-order and full-Stokes ice sheet models (ISMIP-HOM). The Cryosphere 2(3), 95-108.
  1. Delcourt, C., F. Pattyn, M. Nolan (2008) Modelling historical and recent mass loss of McCall Glacier, Alaska, USA. The Cryosphere 2:23-31.
  1. Pattyn, F. (2008) Investigating the stability of subglacial lakes with a full Stokes model. Journal of Glaciology. 54(185): 353-361.


  1. Huybrechts, P., O. Rybak, F. Pattyn, U. Ruth, and D. Steinhage (2007) Ice thinning, upstream advection, and non-climatic biases for the upper 89% of the EDML ice core from a nested model of the Antarctic ice sheet. Climate of the Past 3(4): 577-590.
  1. Rybak, O,.O., P. Huybrechts, F. Pattyn, and D. Steinhage (2007): Regionalnaya model' dinamiki l'da. Chast' 2. Post-eksperimentalnaya obrabotka dannykh (in Russian: Regional ice-dynamic model. Part 2. Post-experimental processing of data), Materialy Glatsiologicheskikh issledovanii (Data of glaciological studies), 103, 3-10.
  1. Rybak, O.O., P. Huybrechts, F. Pattyn, and D. Steinhage (2007): Regionalnaya model' dinamiki l'da. Chast'1. Opisaniye modeli, postanovka chislennykh eksperimentov i sovremennaya dinamika potoka v oksrestnostiakh stantsii Konen (in Russian; Regional ice-dynamic model. Part 1. Model description, performance of numerical experiments, and present-day ice-flow dynamics around Kohnen station), Materialy Glatsiologicheskikh issledovanii (Data of glaciological studies), 102, 3-11.


  1. Pattyn, F., A. Huyghe, S. De Brabander, and B. De Smedt (2006) The role of transition zones in marine ice sheet dynamics. Journal of Geophysical Research (Earth Surface). 111 (F2): No. F02004, doi:10.1029/2005JF000394
  1. Pattyn F. (2006) GRANTISM: An Excel model for Greenland and Antarctic ice sheet response to climate changes.Computers and Geosciences 32 (3): 316-325, doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2005.06.020.

2005 and older

  1. Pattyn F., M. Nolan, B. Rabus and S. Takahashi (2005) Localized basal motion of a polythermal Arctic glacier: McCall Glacier, Alaska, USA. Annals of Glaciology 40: 47-51.
  1. Pattyn, F., S. De Brabander and A. Huyghe (2005) Basal and thermal control mechanisms of the Ragnhild glaciers, East Antarctica. Annals of Glaciology 40: 225-231.
  1. Pattyn F. (2004) Comment on the comment by M. J. Siegert on “A numerical model for an alternative origin of Lake Vostok and its exobiological implications for Mars” by N. S. Duxbury et al. Journal of Geophysical Research, 109 (E11004), doi:10.1029/2004JE002329.
  1. Pattyn, F., B. De Smedt and R. Souchez (2004) Influence of subglacial Lake Vostok on the regional ice dynamics of the Antarctic ice sheet: a model study. Journal of Glaciology 50 (171): 583-589.
  1. Souchez, R., D. Samyn, R. Lorrain, F. Pattyn, and S. Fitzsimons (2004) An isotopic model for basal freeze-on associated with subglacial upward flow of pore water, Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L02401, doi:10.1029/2003GL018861.
  1. Pattyn, F. and R. Naruse (2003) The nature of complex ice flow in Shirase Glacier catchment, East Antarctica. Journal of Glaciology 49 (166): 429-436.
  1. Pattyn, F. (2003) A new three-dimensional higher-order thermomechanical ice-sheet model: basic sensitivity, ice-stream development and ice flow across subglacial lakes. Journal of Geophysical Research (Solid Earth), 108 (B8), 2382, doi:10.1029/2002JB002329.
  1. Pattyn, F., B. De Smedt, S. De Brabander, W. Van Huele, A. Agatova, A. Mistrukov and H. Decleir (2003) Ice dynamics and basal properties of Sofiyskiy Glacier (Altai, Russia) based on DGPS and radio-echo sounding surveys. Annals of Glaciology 37: 286-292.
  1. De Smedt, B. and F. Pattyn (2003) Numerical modelling of historical front variations and dynamic response of Sofiyskiy glacier, Altai Mountains, Russia. Annals of Glaciology 37: 143-149.
  1. Pattyn, F. (2002) Transient glacier response with a higher-order numerical ice-flow model. Journal of Glaciology 48(162): 467-477.
  1. Pattyn, F. and D. Derauw (2002) Ice-dynamic conditions of Shirase Glacier, Antarctica, inferred from ERS-SAR interferometry. Journal of Glaciology 48(163): 559-565.
  1. Pattyn, F. (2002) Ice-flow characteristics over a rough bedrock: implications for ice-core interpretation. Polar Meteorology and Glaciology 16: 42-52.
  1. Pattyn, F. (2000) Ice-sheet modelling at different spatial resolutions: focus on the grounding line. Ann. Glaciol. 31: 211-216.
  1. Pattyn, F. (1999) The variability of Antarctic ice-sheet response to the climatic signal. Ann. Glaciol. 29: 273-278.
  1. Pattyn, F. and Decleir, H. (1998) Ice dynamics near Antarctic marginal mountain ranges: implications for interpreting the glacial-geological signal. Annals of Glaciology 27: 327-332.
  1. Pattyn, F. and H. Decleir (1998) The Shirase flow line model: an additional tool for interpreting the Dome-F signal, Polar Meteorol. Glaciol. 12: 104-111.
  1. Pattyn, F. and Van Huele, W. (1998) Power law or power flaw? Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 23: 761-767.
  1. Pattyn, F. (1996) Numerical modelling of a fast flowing outlet glacier: experiments with different boundary conditions, Annals of Glaciology 23: 237-246.
  1. Pattyn, F. and H. Decleir (1995) Numerical simulation of Shirase Glacier, East Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, Proc. NIPR Symp. Polar Meteorol. Glaciol., 9: 88-110.
  1. Pattyn, F. and H. Decleir (1995) Subglacial topography in the central Sør Rondane Mountains, East Antarctica: configuration and morphometric analysis of valley cross profiles, Nankyoku Shiryo (Antarctic Record) 39 (1): 1-24.
  1. Pattyn, F. and H. Decleir (1993) Satellite monitoring of ice and snow conditions in the Sør Rondane, Antarctica, Annals of Glaciology 17: 41-48.
  1. Pattyn, F., H. Decleir and Ph. Huybrechts (1992) Glaciation of the central part of the Sør Rondane, Antarctica : glaciological evidence, in Yoshida, Y., K. Kaminuma and K. Shiraishi (Eds.) Recent Progress in Antarctic Earth Sciences, TERRABUB, Tokyo: 669-678.
  1. Iwata, S., K. Shiraishi, Y. Ebina, N. Matsuoka, T. Toyoshima, M. Owada, H. Hasegawa, H. Decleir and Pattyn, F. (1991) Report on the geomorphological, geological, geodetic, and glaciological fieldwork in the Sør Rondane Mountains, 1990/91 Summer (JARE-32), Antarctic Record 35(3): 355-401.
  1. Pattyn, F., Ph. Huybrechts and H. Decleir (1989) Modelling glacier fluctuations in the Sør Rondane, Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica, Zeitschrift für Gletscherkunde und Glazialgeologie, 25(1): 33-47.

Book reviews
Pattyn F. (2007) The Antarctic Subglacial Lake Vostok - Glaciology, Biology and Planetology by I. Zotikov. Journal of Sedimentary Research.

Book editing
Vellinga, P. (2013) Le changement climatique, mythes, réalités et incertitudes. UBLire. Editions de l'université de Bruxelles, P. Bourdeau, F. Pattyn, E. Zaccaï (Eds.)