John Moore - Glaciology and Paleoclimate

Chief Scientist, College of Global Change and Earth System Science, Beijing Normal University
Professor of Climate Change
Arctic Centre, University of Lapland




Education courses

Nordic glaciology


Photo Gallery

Ice Exhibition Site


Popularized research descriptions

Geoengineering the Climate: Impacts and the Developing World Summer School at Beijing Normal University 17-21 July 2017

Finnish Academy of Science and Letters

On September 12, 2016 I gave a talk to the Academy representing new members of the Academy at the House of the Estates in Helsinki

China Friendship medal

On September 30, 2014 I was honoured to receive the highest award for foreigners in China. This is me receiving the award from vice premier Ma Kai. My wife and I and other winners with the prime minster Li Keqiang and us (along with 3000 other guests) in the National Day banquet at the Great Hall of the People for the 65th anniversary of the founding of People Republic of China

My professional activities are in Glaciology and Climate Research, including Geoengineering.
I am based most of the time at the College of Global Change and Earth System Science, Beijing Normal University and the rest at Arctic Centre, University of Lapland and the Department of Earth Sciences,Uppsala University, Sweden. 

Main projects at present are:

Earth System Modelling and Geoengineering

Sea level rise

Ice flow models

The main question my group and I try to address are:

How are glaciers in Tibet, Svalbard and Antarctica behaving now

What do ice cores from Svalbard and Antarctic tell us about climate history

What will changing climate do to glaciers in Tibet and the polar regions

The tools we use to answer these questions are

Ice core chemical analysis to extract past climate information

Earth System Models on super computers to simulate the response of the earth to changing climate

Mathematical modelling and analysis of the climate records and glacier evolution

You can read more about these in the research section

These are my research group. Some information on Finnish projects can be found here and Chinese based work here

Aslak Grinsted has a slightly different take on some of the same articles, you can find his page here

Currently I am the Finnish representative of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC ) Working Group on Arctic Glaciology.

We are actively developing finite element models of glacier flow using ELMER-ICE with CSC. Glaciers studied are Vestfonna in Svalbard and Scharffenbergbottnen blue ice area in Antarctica

I have also worked with ground penetrating radars funded by a Thule Institute project in close cooperation with the Geophysics departments of the Universities of Oulu and Helsinki, investigating glaciers in Sweden, Norway and Svalbard

The Arctic Centre has a very nice interdisciplinary teaching program in Arctic Studies which I am involved with in both teaching and in planning. Two Arctic Studies Program students Stephan Gruber and Florian Ludwig wrote a nice introduction to ground penetrating radar in glaciology that may be useful for novices interested in this new tool. Stefan Walter prouced a nice report in the ASP Basic Phase on the impact of climate change on the skiing industry

Comments to John Moore, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Box 122, FIN 96101 Rovaniemi, Finland