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Z Courville

Zoe Courville

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Research Mechanical Engineer, CRREL


  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Denver 1998
  • MS, Engineering Sciences, Dartmouth 2002
  • PhD, Engineering Sciences, Dartmouth 2008

Research Interests

Mass transport in porous media, including permeability and diffusion; firn microstructure measurement and characterization; polar field work in Antarctica

Selected Publications

  • Durand, M., E.J. Kim, N.P. Molotch, S.A. Margulis, Z.R. Courville, C. Mätzler, and B. Vander Jagt, Objective characterization of snow microstructure for microwave emission modeling, IEEE Trans. Geos. Rem. Sens., (submitted)
  • Wright, P., M. Bergin, J. Dibb, B. Lefer, F. Domine, T. Carman, C. Carmagnola, M. Dumont, Z. Courville, C. Schaaf, and Z. Wang, Comparing MODIS daily snow albedo to spectral albedo field measurements in Central Greenland. Rem. Sens. Environ., (submitted)
  • Polashenski, C., D. Perovich, and Z. Courville, The mechanisms of sea ice melt pond formation and evolution, J. Geophys. Res., 117, C01001, doi:10.1029/2011JC007231, (2012)
  • Courville, Z., M. Hörhold, M. Hopkins, and M. Albert, Lattice-Boltzmann modeling of the air permeability of polar firn, J. Geophys. Res., 115, F04032, doi:10.1029/2009JF001549 (2010)
  • Severinghaus, J.P., M.R. Albert, Z.R. Courville, M.A. Fahnestock, K. Kawamura, S.A. Montzka, J. Mühle, T.A. Scambos, E. Shields, C.A. Shuman, M. Suwa, P. Tans, R.F. Weiss, Deep air convection in the firn at a zero-accumulation site, central Antarctica, Earth Planet. Sci. Letts., 293, 3-4, 359-367, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2010.03.003 (2010)
  • Neumann, T.A., M.R. Albert, R. Lomonaco, C. Engel, Z.R. Courville, and F.E. Perron. Experimental determination of snow sublimation rate and stable-isotopic exchange. Ann. Glaciol., 49, 1-6 (2008)
  • Neumann, T.A., M.R. Albert, C. Engel, Z.R. Courville, and F.E. Perron. Sublimation rate and the mass-transfer coefficient for snow sublimation. Int. J. Heat and Mass Transfer, 52, 309-315, doi:10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2008.06.003 (2008)
  • Courville, Z.R., Albert, M.R., Fahnestock, M.A., Cathles, L.M., Shuman, C.A., Impacts of an accumulation hiatus on the physical properties of firn at a low-accumulation polar site. J. Geophys. Res., 112, F2, doi:10.1029/2005JF000429 (2007)

Professional Activities

  • Postdoctoral Researcher/Fellowship, NSF Department of Polar Programs, 2009-2012
  • Reviewer, Journal of Glaciology, The Cryosphere, Climate of the Past, Water Resources Research and Hydrological Processes
  • Member, American Geophysical Union



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