Directory Profiles

Dr. Gwenn E. Flowers

Leadership Roles/ Rôles de leadership

Vice President of the International Glaciological Society

Awards/ Prix

NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplements, 2010, 2015


Gwenn Flowers is a Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Simon Fraser University, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Iceland. As a Canada Research Chair at SFU from 2005-2014 she established a research program dedicated to the geophysical study of glaciers, their dynamics and their importance in the global climate system. She currently leads a field-based program in the St. Elias Mountains of Yukon, Canada, examining the interplay of climate and ice dynamics in the context of regional glacier change.


Gwenn Flowers est professeur au Département des sciences de la Terre de l’Université Simon Fraser et professeur auxiliaire à l’Université d’Islande. En tant que titulaire d’une chaire de recherche du Canada à l’Université Simon Fraser de 2005 à 2014, elle a mis sur pied un programme de recherche consacré à l’étude géophysique des glaciers, à leur dynamique et à leur importance dans le système climatique mondial. Elle dirige actuellement un programme sur le terrain dans les monts St. Elias du Yukon, au Canada, en examinant l’interaction du climat et de la dynamique des glaces dans le contexte du changement régional des glaciers.

Selected Publications/ Publications sélectionnées

Holocene glacier and climate variations in Vestfirðir, Iceland, from the modeling of Drangajökull ice cap
Anderson LS, GE Flowers, AH Jarosch, G Ađalgeirsdóttir, À Geirsdóttir, GH Miller, DJ Harning, Th Thorsteinsson, E Magnússon, F Pálsson, T Jóhannesson
Quaternary Science Reviews (Accepted Apr 2018)

Excavation of subglacial bedrock channels by seasonal meltwater flow
Beaud F, JG Venditti, GE Flowers, M Koppes
Earth Surface Processes and Landforms (Feb 2018)

Bedrock fracture characteristics as a possible control on the distribution of surge-type glaciers
Crompton JW, GE Flowers, D Stead
Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface, 123(5):853–873 (Mar 2018)

The projected demise of Barnes Ice Cap: Evidence of an unusually warm 21st century Arctic
Gilbert A, GE Flowers, GH Miller, KA Refsnider, NE Young, V Radić
Geophysical Research Letters 44(6):2810-2816

Sensitivity of Barnes Ice Cap, Baffin Island, Canada, to climate state and internal dynamics
Gilbert A, GE Flowers, GH Miller, BT Rabus, W Van Wychen, AS Gardner & L Copland
Journal of Geophysical Research—Earth Surface 121:1516–1539 (Aug 2016)

Correlations of suspended sediment size with bedrock lithology and glacier dynamics
Crompton JW & GE Flowers
Annals of Glaciology 57:142–150 (Jul 2016)

Short-term velocity variations and sliding sensitivity of a slowly surging glacier
Flowers GE, AH Jarosch, PTAP Belliveau & LA Fuhrman
Annals of Glaciology 57:71–83 (Jul 2016)

Efficacy of bedrock erosion by subglacial water flow
Beaud FB, GE Flowers & JG Venditti
Earth Surface Dynamics 4:125–145 (Jan 2016)

Oscillatory subglacial drainage in the absence of surface melt
Schoof CG, CA Rada, NJ Wilson, GE Flowers & M Haseloff
The Cryosphere 8:959–976 (May 2014)

Effects of temperature forcing provenance and lapse rate on the performance of an empirical glacier-melt model
Wheler BA, AH MacDougall, GE Flowers, EI Petersen, PH Whitfield, KE Kohfeld
Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 46:379–393. (May 2014)

Contemporary glacier processes and global change: Recent observations from Kaskawulsh Glacier and the Donjek Range, St. Elias Mountains
Flowers GE, L Copland & CG Schoof
Arctic 67(SUPPL 1):22–34 (Feb 2014)

Comparison of thermal structure and evolution between neighboring subarctic glaciers
Wilson NJ, GE Flowers & L Mingo
Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface 118:1443–1459 (Sep 2013)

Influence of supraglacial lakes and ice-sheet geometry on seasonal ice-flow variability
Joughin I, SB Das, GE Flowers, MD Behn, RB Alley, MA King, et al.
The Cryosphere 7:1185–1192 (Jul 2013)

Environmental controls on the thermal structure of alpine glaciers
Wilson NJ & GE Flowers
The Cryosphere 7:167–182 (Jan 2013)