Tad Pfeffer
Fellow, INSTAAR • Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering

Ph.D., 1987, University of Washington

Research Interests

Tad Pfeffer’s scientific research is focused on glacier mechanics and dynamics, and particularly on dynamics of ocean-ending glaciers and glacier contributions to sea level. He has worked on glaciological projects in Alaska, Greenland, the Canadian Arctic, Nepal, Africa, and Antarctica. He was a Lead Author for Chapter 13 (Sea Level Change) in the IPCC Fifth Assessment/ Working Group I (2013), and has served as an advisor to the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), and the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP). He also operates WT Pfeffer Geophysical Consultants, LLC, providing consulting modeling, analysis, and assessments on sea level rise and glacier-related hazards.