A  database of New Zealand snow and ice literature is available at

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Articles about New Zealand Snow and Ice and/or by members of the NZ Snow and Ice Research Group from the last 3 years are found below.


Anderson, B., Mackintosh, A.N., Dadić, R., Oerlemans, J., Zammit, C., Doughty, A., Sood, A., Mullan, B., 2021. Modelled response of debris-covered and lake-calving glaciers to climate change, Kā Tiritiri o te Moana/Southern Alps, New Zealand. Global and Planetary Change 103593.

Audet, A., 2021. Modern and Paleo Perspectives on the Role of the Westerlies in Glaciation. Masters of Science thesis. The University of Maine.

Moore, E., 2021. The glacial history of Rocky Top cirque, southeast Fiordland, New Zealand (thesis). Open Access Victoria University of Wellington | Te Herenga Waka.

Porhemmat, R., Purdie, H., Zawar‐Reza, P., Zammit, C., Kerr, T., 2021. The influence of atmospheric circulation patterns during large snowfall events in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. International Journal of Climatology 41, 2397–2417.

Pu, W., Cui, J., Wu, D., Shi, T., Chen, Y., Xing, Y., Zhou, Y., Wang, X., 2021. Unprecedented snow darkening and melting in New Zealand due to 2019–2020 Australian wildfires. Fundamental Research.

Shain, D.H., Novis, P.M., Cridge, A.G., Zawierucha, K., Geneva, A.J., Dearden, P.K., 2021. Five animal phyla in glacier ice reveal unprecedented biodiversity in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Scientific Reports 11, 3898.

Thackray, G.D., Rittenour, T.M., Shulmeister, J., 2020. Ice-thickness variation during marine oxygen isotope stage 4–2 glaciation determined from kame terraces in the Rangitata Valley, New Zealand.


Baumann, S., Anderson, B., Chinn, T., Mackintosh, A., Collier, C., Lorrey, A.M., Rack, W., Purdie, H., Eaves, S., 2020. Updated inventory of glacier ice in New Zealand based on 2016 satellite imagery. Journal of Glaciology 1–14.

Brett, G.M., Irvin, A., Rack, W., Haas, C., Langhorne, P.J., Leonard, G.H., 2020. Variability in the Distribution of Fast Ice and the Sub-ice Platelet Layer Near McMurdo Ice Shelf. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 125, e2019JC015678.

Carrivick, J.L., James, W.H.M., Grimes, M., Sutherland, J.L., Lorrey, A.M., 2020. Ice thickness and volume changes across the Southern Alps, New Zealand, from the little ice age to present. Scientific Reports 10, 13392.

Chinn, W.G.H., Chinn, T.J.H., 2020. Tracking the snow line: Responses to climate change by New Zealand alpine invertebrates. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 52, 361–389.

Cody, E., Anderson, B.M., McColl, S.T., Fuller, I.C., Purdie, H.L., 2020. Paraglacial adjustment of sediment slopes during and immediately after glacial debuttressing. Geomorphology 371, 107411.

Cole, R.P., White, J.D.L., Townsend, D.B., Leonard, G.S., Conway, C.E., 2020. Glaciovolcanic emplacement of an intermediate hydroclastic breccia-lobe complex during the penultimate glacial period (190–130 ka), Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand. GSA Bulletin 132, 1903–1913.

Eaves, S.R., Brook, M.S., 2020. Glaciers and glaciation of North Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 0, 1–20.

Golledge, N.R., 2020. Long-term projections of sea-level rise from ice sheets. WIREs Climate Change 11, e634.

Haas, C., Langhorne, P.J., Rack, W., Leonard, G.H., Brett, G.M., Price, D., Beckers, J.F., Gough, A.J., 2020. Airborne mapping of the sub-ice platelet layer under fast ice in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. The Cryosphere Discussions 1–31.

Just, L., 2020. Snow distribution and melt of a seasonal snowpack, Central Otago, New Zealand (Thesis, Master of Science). University of Otago.

Porhemmat, R., Purdie, H., Zawar-Reza, P., Zammit, C., Kerr, T., 2020. Moisture transport during large snowfall events in the New Zealand Southern Alps: The role of atmospheric rivers. Journal of Hydrometeorology 1.

Porhemmat, R., Purdie, H., Zawar‐Reza, P., Zammit, C., Kerr, T., n.d. The influence of atmospheric circulation patterns during large snowfall events in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. International Journal of Climatology n/a.

Purdie, H., Bealing, P., Gomez, C., Anderson, B., Marsh, O.J., 2020. Morphological changes to the terminus of a maritime glacier during advance and retreat phases: Fox Glacier/Te Moeka o Tuawe, New Zealand. Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography 0, 1–19.

Tan, A.E.-C., McCulloch, J., Rack, W., Platt, I., Woodhead, I., 2020. Radar Measurements of Snow Depth Over Sea Ice on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 1–8.

Vargo, L.J., Anderson, B.M., Dadić, R., Horgan, H.J., Mackintosh, A.N., King, A.D., Lorrey, A.M., 2020. Anthropogenic warming forces extreme annual glacier mass loss. Nature Climate Change 1–6.

Winter-Billington, A., Moore, R.D., Dadic, R., undefined/ed. Evaluating the transferability of empirical models of debris-covered glacier melt. Journal of Glaciology 1–18.


Cole, R.P., Ohneiser, C., White, J.D.L., Townsend, D.B., Leonard, G.S., 2019. Paleomagnetic evidence for cold emplacement of eruption-fed density current deposits beneath an ancient summit glacier, Tongariro volcano, New Zealand. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 522, 155–165.

Cullen, N.J., Gibson, P.B., Mölg, T., Conway, J.P., Sirguey, P., Kingston, D.G., 2019. The influence of weather systems in controlling mass balance in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 0.

Dowling, L., 2019. The Holocene Glacial History of Dart Glacier, Southern Alps, New Zealand. Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington.

Eaves, S.R., Mackintosh, A.N., Anderson, B.M., 2019. Climate amelioration during the Last Glacial Maximum recorded by a sensitive mountain glacier in New Zealand. Geology 47, 299–302.

Eaves, S.R., Winckler, G., Mackintosh, A.N., Schaefer, J.M., Townsend, D.B., Doughty, A.M., Jones, R.S., Leonard, G.S., 2019. Late-glacial and Holocene glacier fluctuations in North Island, New Zealand. Quaternary Science Reviews 223, 105914.

Lindsay, J.L., 2019. Processes and feedbacks associated with iceberg calving and subaqueous terminus morphology, Tasman/Haupapa Glacier, New Zealand. (Masters). University of Canterbury, Christchurch.

Little, K., Kingston, D.G., Cullen, N.J., Gibson, P.B., 2019. The Role of Atmospheric Rivers for Extreme Ablation and Snowfall Events in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Geophysical Research Letters 46, 2761–2771.

Purdie, H., Hutton, J.H., Stewart, E., Espiner, S., 2020. Implications of a changing alpine environment for geotourism: A case study from Aoraki/Mount Cook, New Zealand. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism 29, 100235.

Redpath, T.A.N., Sirguey, P., Cullen, N.J., 2019. Characterising spatio-temporal variability in seasonal snow cover at a regional scale from MODIS data: the Clutha Catchment, New Zealand. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 23, 3189–3217.

Salinger, M.J., Fitzharris, B.B., Chinn, T., 2019. Atmospheric circulation and ice volume changes for the small and medium glaciers of New Zealand’s Southern Alps mountain range 1977–2018. International Journal of Climatology 39, 4274–4287.

Salinger, M.J., Renwick, J., Behrens, E., Mullan, A.B., Diamond, H.J., Sirguey, P., Smith, R.O., Trought, M.C.T., Alexander, L., Cullen, N.J., Fitzharris, B.B., Hepburn, C.D., Parker, A.K., Sutton, P.J., 2019. The unprecedented coupled ocean-atmosphere summer heatwave in the New Zealand region 2017/18: drivers, mechanisms and impacts. Environ. Res. Lett. 14, 044023.

Strand, P.D., Schaefer, J.M., Putnam, A.E., Denton, G.H., Barrell, D.J.A., Koffman, T.N.B., Schwartz, R., 2019. Millennial-scale pulsebeat of glaciation in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Quaternary Science Reviews 220, 165–177.

Sutherland, J.L., Carrivick, J.L., Shulmeister, J., Quincey, D.J., James, W.H.M., 2019. Ice-contact proglacial lakes associated with the Last Glacial Maximum across the Southern Alps, New Zealand. Quaternary Science Reviews 213, 67–92.

Yang, Y., Uddstrom, M., Turner, R., Revell, M., 2020. Major factors affecting the snow simulations by the JULES in New Zealand. Meteorological Applications 27, e1837.


Brook, M.S., Kirkbride, M.P., 2018. Reconstruction and paleoclimatic significance of late Quaternary glaciers in the Tararua Range, North Island, New Zealand. Quaternary International, Past environments in mid-latitude mountain regions 470, 53–66.

Chinn, T., 2018. The Dwindling of the Murchison Glacier. New Zealand Alpine Journal 2018, 118–124.

Cole, R.P., White, J.D.L., Conway, C.E., Leonard, G.S., Townsend, D.B., Pure, L.R., 2018. The glaciovolcanic evolution of an andesitic edifice, South Crater, Tongariro volcano, New Zealand. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 352, 55–77.

Jobst, A.M., Kingston, D.G., Cullen, N.J., Schmid, J., 2018. Intercomparison of different uncertainty sources in hydrological climate change projections for an alpine catchment (upper Clutha River, New Zealand). Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 22, 3125–3142.

Kochel, R.C., Trop, J.M., Jacob, R.W., 2018. Geomorphology of icy debris fans: Delivery of ice and sediment to valley glaciers decoupled from icecaps. Geosphere 14, 1710–1752.

Purdie, H., Anderson, B., Mackintosh, A., Lawson, W., 2018. Revisiting glaciological measurements on Haupapa/Tasman Glacier, New Zealand, in a contemporary context. Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography 100, 351–369.

Purdie, H., Kerr, T., 2018. Aoraki Mount Cook: Environmental Change on an Iconic Mountaineering Route. mred 38, 364–380.

Redpath, T.A.N., Sirguey, P., Cullen, N.J., 2018. Repeat mapping of snow depth across an alpine catchment with RPAS photogrammetry. The Cryosphere 12, 3477–3497.

Shulmeister, J., Fink, D., Winkler, S., Thackray, G.D., Borsellino, R., Hemmingsen, M., Rittenour, T.M., 2018. Evidence for slow late-glacial ice retreat in the upper Rangitata Valley, South Island, New Zealand. Quaternary Science Reviews 185, 102–112. href=”″>

Winkler, S., Lambiel, C., 2018. Age constraints of rock glaciers in the Southern Alps/New Zealand – Exploring their palaeoclimatic potential. The Holocene 0959683618756802.

Wongpan, P., 2018. Columnar Ice versus Platelet Ice: Differences, Consequences, and Significance (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy). University of Otago.

Wongpan, P., Prior, D.J., Langhorne, P.J., Lilly, K., Smith, I.J., undefined/ed. Using electron backscatter diffraction to measure full crystallographic orientation in Antarctic land-fast sea ice. Journal of Glaciology 1–10.

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