Directory Profiles

Dr. Luke Copland


Luke Copland is a Professor in the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics at the University of Ottawa, and holds a University Research Chair in Glaciology. He directs the Laboratory for Cryospheric Research, and his research program is focused on understanding the dynamics and recent changes of glaciers, ice caps and ice shelves across northern Canada, including in the St. Elias Mountains, Yukon, and the mountains of the Queen Elizabeth Islands, Nunavut. This includes maintenance of the mass balance monitoring program at White Glacier, Axel Heiberg Island, which has been running since 1959 and is the longest in the Canadian Arctic.


Luke Copland est professeur au département de géographie, environnement et géomatique de l’Université d’Ottawa et titulaire d’une chaire de recherche universitaire en glaciologie. Il dirige le Laboratoire de recherche cryosphérique et son programme de recherche est axé sur la compréhension de la dynamique et des changements récents des glaciers, des calottes glaciaires et des plates-formes glaciaires du nord du Canada, et les montagnes des îles Queen Elizabeth, au Nunavut. Cela comprend le maintien du programme de surveillance du bilan massique à White Glacier, sur l’île Axel Heiberg, qui fonctionne depuis 1959 et qui est le plus long de l’Arctique canadien.

Selected Recent Publications/ Publications sélectionnées et récentes

Comparison of geodetic and glaciological mass budgets for White Glacier, Axel Heiberg Island, Canada
Thomson LI, M Zemp, L Copland, JG Cogley & MA Ecclestone
Journal of Glaciology doi: 10.1017/jog.2016.112 (online Oct 2016)

An inter-comparison of techniques for determining velocities of maritime Arctic glaciers, Svalbard, using Radarsat-2 Wide Fine mode data
Schellenberger T, W Van Wychen, L Copland, A Kääb & L Gray
Remote Sensing 8(9):785 (Sep 2016)

The accuracy of satellite-derived albedo for northern alpine and glaciated land covers
Williamson SN, L Copland & DS Hik
Polar Science 10:262–269 (Sep 2016)

Calving behavior at Rink Isbrae, west Greenland, from time-lapse photos
Medrzycka D, DI Benn, JE Box, L Copland & J Balog
Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 48:263–277 (May 2016)

Characterizing interannual variability of glacier dynamics and dynamic discharge (1999–2015) for the ice masses of Ellesmere and Axel Heiberg Islands, Nunavut, Canada
Van Wychen W, J Davis, DO Burgess, L Copland, L Gray, M Sharp & C Mortimer
Journal of Geophysical Research–Earth Science  121:39–63 (Jan 2016)

White Glacier 2014, Axel Heiberg Island, Nunavut: mapped using Structure from Motion methods
Thomson L & L Copland
Journal of Maps 12:1063–1071 (Jan 2016)

Assessment of the evolution in velocity of two debris-covered valley glaciers in Nepal and New Zealand
Haritashya UK, MS Pleasants & L Copland
Geografiska Annaler 97:737–751 (Dec 2015)

Assessment of historical changes (1959-2012) and the causes of recent break-ups of the Petersen ice shelf, Nunavut, Canada
White A, L Copland, D Mueller & W Van Wychen
Annals of Glaciology 56:65–76 (Oct 2015)

CryoSat-2 delivers monthly and inter-annual surface elevation change for Arctic ice caps
Gray L, D Burgess, L Copland, MN Demuth, T Dunse, K Langley & TV Schuler
The Cryosphere 9:1895–1913 (Sep 2015)

Modern glacier velocities across the Icefield Ranges, St. Elias Mountains, and variability at selected glaciers from 1959 to 2012
Waechter A, L Copland & E Herdes
Journal of Glaciology 61:624–634 (Sep 2015)

Glacier velocities and dynamic discharge from the ice masses of Baffin Island and Bylot Island, Nunavut, Canada
Van Wychen W, L Copland, DO Burgess, L Gray & N Schaffer
Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 52:980–989 (Jul 2015)

Decadal-scale variations in glacier area changes across the Southern Patagonian Icefield since the 1970s
White A & L Copland
Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 47:147–167 (Feb 2015)