Donald K. Perovich

Professor of Engineering

Research Interests

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


  • BS, Physics, Michigan State University, 1972
  • MS, Geophysics, University of Washington, 1979
  • PhD, Geophysics, University of Washington, 1983


  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 2013
  • Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, Partnership in Education Award, 2002, 2013
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, 2012
  • CRREL Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011
  • U.S. Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal, 2010, 2011
  • ERDC Research and Development Achievement Award, 2010
  • CRREL Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering, 2006, 2007
  • National Science Foundation Arctic Service Award, 1999
  • Department of the Army Meritorious Civilan Service Award, 1999

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Climate and Cryosphere Arctic Sea Ice Working Group
  • Member, World Weather Research Program, Year of Polar Prediction Steering Committee
  • Member – International Ocean Color Coordinating Group working group on Ocean Color Remote Sensing in Polar Seas
  • Member, Study of Environmental Arctic Change Observing Panel
  • National Science Foundation Arctic System Science Committee, 2002-2009
  • Chair, NSF Oceans Atmosphere Ice Interaction Science Steering Committee, 2002-2005
  • Chair, American Geophysical Union Snow Ice and Permafrost Committee, 1994 – 1996
  • Member – Scientific Advisory Committee, ETOPIM 6: Sixth International Conference on the Electrical Transport and Optical Properties of Inhomogeneous Media, 2002
  • Chief Scientist, Surface heat budget of the Arctic Ocean (SHEBA), 1996 – 1999
  • Co-Chief Scientist, NASA – ICESACPE, 2010 – 2012
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research (American Geophysical Union), Field Techniques in Sea Ice Research (University of Alaska Press)
  • Member, International Glaciological Society, American Geophysical Union

Selected Publications

  • Perovich, D.K., J.A. Richter-Menge, C. Polashenski, B. Elder, T. Arbetter, and O. Brennick, Sea ice mass balance observations from the North Pole Environmental Observatory, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, 2019-2025, doi:10.1002/2014GL059356.
  • Perovich, D.K. and C. Polashenski, Albedo evolution of seasonal Arctic sea ice, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L08501, doi:10.1029/2012GL051432, 2012.
  • Arrigo, K., D.K. Perovich and others, Massive phytoplankton blooms under Arctic sea ice, Science, 336, 15 June 2012.
  • Perovich, D.K., The changing Arctic sea ice cover, Oceanography, 24(3):162–173,, 2011.
  • Perovich, D.K., T.C. Grenfell, B. Light, B.C. Elder, J. Harbeck, C. Polashenski, W.B. Tucker III, and C. Stelmach, Trans-polar observations of the morphological properties of Arctic sea ice, J. Geophys. Res., 114, 2009
  • Perovich, D.K., J.A. Richter-Menge, K.F. Jones, and B. Light, Sunlight, water, and ice: Extreme Arctic sea ice melt during the summer of 2007, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, 2008
  • Perovich, D.K., B. Light, H. Eicken, K.F. Jones, K. Runciman, and S.V. Nghiem, Increasing solar heating of the Arctic Ocean and adjacent seas, 1979–2005: Attribution and role in the ice- albedo feedback, Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, 2007
  • Perovich, D.K., On the aggregate-scale partitioning of solar radiation in Arctic Sea Ice during the SHEBA field experiment, J. Geophys. Res., 110, 2005
  • Perovich, D.K., T.C. Grenfell, J.A. Richter-Menge, B. Light, W.B. Tucker III, H. Eicken, Thin and thinner: ice mass balance measurements during SHEBA, J. Geophys. Res. 108, (C3), DOI 10.1029/2001JC001079, 26-1 – 26-21, 2003.


MOSAiC—Observing and Understanding the New Arctic Ocean

Arctic Report Card 2018

Seminar: Sea Ice and Sunlight: Climate Change and the Arctic Sea Ice Cover

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