Christopher M. Polashenski

Adjunct Associate Professor of Engineering

Research Geophysicist, US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory CRREL

Professor Polashenski '07 Th'07 Th'11 takes an ice core from a melt pond on the sea ice north of Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Donald Perovich.)

Research Interests

Sea ice geophysics; the interaction of sunlight with ice and snow; the Arctic system and climate change


  • AB, Engineering Sciences, Dartmouth 2007
  • BE, Environmental Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth 2007
  • PhD, Materials Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth 2011


Selected Publications

  • Petrich, C., H. Eicken, C.M. Polashenski, M. Sturm, J.P. Harbeck, D.K. Perovich, and D.C. Finnegan (2012), Snow dunes: A controlling factor of melt pond distribution on Arctic sea ice, J. Geophys. Res., 117, C09029, doi:10.1029/2012JC008192, 10 pg.
  • Arrigo, K., D. Perovich, R. Pickart, Z. Brown, G. van Dijken, K. Lowry, M. Mills, M. Palmer, W. Balch, F. Bahr, N. Bates, C. Benitez-Nelson, B. Bowler, E. Brownlee, J. Ehn, K. Frey, R. Garley, S. Laney, L. Lubelczyk, J. Mathis, A. Matsuoka, B.G. Mitchell, G.W.K. Moore, E. Ortega-Retuerta, S. Pal, C. Polashenski, R. Reynolds, Schieber, H. Sosik, M. Stephens, J. Swift (2012), Massive Phytoplankton Blooms Under Arctic Sea Ice, Science, 336/6087, p. 1408 DOI: 10.1126/science.1215065, 2 pg.
  • Perovich, D.K. and C. Polashenski (2012), Albedo evolution of seasonal Arctic sea ice, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L08501, doi:10:1029/2012GL051432, 6pg.
  • Polashenski, C., D.K. Perovich, and Z. Courville (2012), The Mechanisms of Sea Ice Melt Pond Formation and Evolution, J. Geophys. Res., 117, C1, doi:10.1029/2011JC007231, 23 pg.
  • Polashenski, C., D.K. Perovich, J.A. Richter-Menge, B. Elder, (2011) Seasonal Ice Mass-Balance Buoys: Adapting tools to the changing Arctic. Ann. Glaciol., 52 (57), 9 pg.
  • Perovich, D.K., J.M. Richter-Menge, K.F. Jones, B. Light, B.C. Elder, C. Polashenski, D. Laroche, T. Markus, and R. Lindsay (2011), Arctic sea-ice melt in 2008 and the role of solar heating, Ann. Glaciol., 52 (57), 5 pg.
  • Perovich, D.K., T.C. Grenfell, B. Light, B.C. Elder, J. Harbeck, C. Polashenski, W.B. Tucker, and C. Stelmach (2009), Transpolar Observations of the Morphological Properties of Arctic Sea Ice, J. Geophys. Res. 114, C00A04, doi:10.1029/2008JC004892, 17 pg.

In the News

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The Voyage to the End of Ice
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