Erich Osterberg

Associate Professor of Earth Sciences

My overarching research objective is to understand how and why Earth’s environment changed in the past, and is changing today, so we can more accurately predict how it will change in the future. My specialty is creating records of past climate change and air pollution by analyzing chemical markers preserved in glacier ice cores. I am particularly interested in how glaciers responded to warm periods in the past, as this provides an example of how glaciers and sea level may respond to future global warming. 

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205 Fairchild
HB 6105
Earth Sciences
The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding
B.A. Middlebury College
M.S. University of Otago
Ph.D. University of Maine

Selected Publications

Partridge, T., Winter, J. M., Osterberg, E.C., 2018. Spatially distinct seasonal patterns and forcings of the U.S. warming hole. Geophysical Research Letters. doi: 10.1002/2017GL076463. 

Osterberg, E.C., Winski, D.A., Kreutz, K.J., Wake, C.P., Ferris, D.G., Campbell, S., Introne, D., Handley, M., Birkel, S., 2017. The 1200 year composite ice core record of Aleutian Low intensification. Geophysical Research Letters 44 (14), 7447-7454. doi: 10.1002/2017GL073697.

Winski, D., Osterberg, E.C., Ferris, D., Kreutz, K., Wake C., Campbell, S., Hawley, R., Roy, S., Birkel, S., Introne, D, Handley, M., 2017. Industrial-age doubling of snow accumulation in the Alaska Range linked to tropical ocean warming. Nature Scientific Reports 7, 17869. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-18022-5.

Lewis, G., Osterberg, E.C., Hawley, R., Whitmore, B., Marshall, H.P., Box, J., 2017. Regional Greenland accumulation variability from Operation IceBridge airborne accumulation radar. The Cryosphere 11, 773-788. doi: 10.5194/tc-11-773-2017.

Huang, H., Winter, J.M., Osterberg, E.C., Horton, R., Beckage, B., 2017. Total and extreme precipitation changes over the Northeastern United States. Journal of Hydrometeorology 18, 1783-1798. doi:10.1175/JHM-D-16-0195.1.

Osterberg, E.C., Hawley, R.L., *Wong, G., *Kopec, B., Ferris, D., Howley, J., 2015. Coastal ice core record of recent Northwest Greenland temperature and sea ice concentration. Journal of Glaciology 61, 1137-1146, doi: 10.3189/2015JoG15J054.

Wong, G., Osterberg, E.C., Hawley, R., Courville, Z., Ferris, D., Howley, J., 2015. Coast-to-interior gradient in recent Northwest Greenland precipitation trends (1952-2012). Environmental Research Letters 10 (11), 114008. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/11/114008.

Osterberg, E. C., Mayewski, P. A., Fisher, D.A., Kreutz, K. J., Maasch, K. A., Sneed, S. B., Kelsey, E., 2014. Mount Logan ice core record of tropical and solar influences on Aleutian Low variability:
500–1998 A.D.  Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 119, doi:10.1002/2014JD021847.

Beal, S. A., Osterberg, E. C., Zdanowicz, C. M., Fisher, D. A., 2015. Ice core perspective on mercury pollution during the past 600 years, Environmental Science and Technology, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b01033.

Hawley, R. L., Courville, Z., Kehrl, L. M., Lutz, E. R, Osterberg, E. C., Overly, T. B., Wong, G. J.  2014.  Recent Accumulation Variability in Northwest Greenland from GPR and Shallow Cores Along the Greenland Inland Traverse.  Journal of Glaciology 60 (220), 365-372. doi: 10.3189/2014JoG13J141.

Koffman, B., Dowd, E., Osterberg, E.C., Ferris, D., Hartman, L., Wheatley, S., Kurbatov, A., Wong, G., Markle, B., Dunbar, N., Kreutz, K., Yates, M., 2017. Rapid transport of ash and sulfate from the 2011 Puyehue-Cordon eruption to West Antarctica. Journal of Geophysical Research, Atmospheres 122 (16), 8908-8920. doi: 10.1002/2017JD026893.

Koffman, B., Handley, M., Osterberg, E.C., Wells, M., Kreutz, K., 2014. Dependence of ice-core relative trace-element concentration on acidification. Journal of Glaciology 60 (219), 103-112. doi: 10.3189/2014JoG13J137.

Kehrl, L. M., Hawley, R. L., Osterberg, E.C., Winski, D.A., and Lee A.P., 2014. 25 years of volumetric change on lower Peyto Glacier, Alberta, Canada. Journal of Glaciology 60 (219), 51-56. doi: 10.3189/2014JoG13J039.

Wong, G. J., Hawley, R.H., Lutz, E.R., and Osterberg, E.C., 2013. Trace element and physical response to melt percolation in Summit, Greenland snow. Annals of Glaciology 54 (63), 52-62. doi: 10.3189/2013AoG63A602.

Winski, D., Kreutz, K., Osterberg, E.C., Campbell, S., Wake, C., 2012. High Frequency Observations of Melt Effects on Snowpack Stratigraphy, Kahiltna Glacier, Central Alaska Range, Hydrological Processes 26 (17), 2573-2582.

Osterberg, E.C .,Mayewski, P.A., Kreutz, K.J., et al., 2008. Ice core record of rising lead pollution in the North Pacific atmosphere, Geophys. Res. Lett. doi: 10.1029/2007GL032680.

Osterberg, E.C ., Handley, M.J., Sneed, S.B., Mayewski, P.A., Kreutz, K.J., 2006. A continuous ice core melter system with discrete sampling for major ion, trace element and stable isotope analyses, Environ. Sci. Technol. 40, 10, 3355-3361. DOI: 10.1021/es052536w.

Fisher, D.A, Osterberg, E.C., Dyke, A. et al., 2008. The Mt. Logan Holocene-Late Wisconsin isotope record: tropical Pacific – Yukon connections, The Holocene 18, 667-677.

Osterberg, E.C., 2006. Late Quaternary (Marine Isotope Stages 6-1) seismic sequence stratigraphic evolution of the Otago Continental Shelf, New Zealand, Mar. Geol. 229, 159-178.

Campbell, S.W., Kreutz, K.J., Osterberg, E.C. , Arcone, S.A., Wake, C., Introne, D., Volkening, K., Winski, D., 2011. Melt regimes, internal stratigraphy, and flow dynamics of three glaciers in the Alaska Range, Journal of Glaciology 10J238.

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