Summer Burton Rupper portrait
  • Associate Professor, Geography Department
  • Professor, Geography Department
801-585-9167

Publications

  • Riley, Colin, S. Rupper, J. Steenburgh, C. Strong & A. Kochanski (2021). Characteristics of historical precipitation in High Mountain Asia based on a 15-year high resolution dynamical downscaling. Atmosphere. Vol. 12. Published, 03/01/2021.
  • White, Phil, D. Keeler & S. Rupper (2021). Hierarchical integrated spatial process modeling of monotone west Antarctic snow density curves. Annals of Applied Statistics. Accepted, 02/02/2021.
  • Keeler, Durban, S. Rupper & J. Schaefer (2021). A first-order flexible ELA model based on geomorphic constraints. MethodsX. Vol. 8. Published, 01/01/2021.
  • Arendt, Anthony, N. Krakauer, S. Kumar, D. Rounce & S. Rupper (2020). Collaborative research to address changes in the climate, hydrology, and cryosphere of High Mountain Asia. Frontiers of Earth Science. Published, 10/01/2020.
  • J Maurer* & J Schaefer, J Russel*l, S Rupper, N Wangdi, A Putnam, N Young (2020). Seismic observations, numerical modeling, and geomorphic analysis of a glacier lake outburst flood in the Himalayas. Science Advances. Vol. 6, eaba3645. Published, 09/2020.
  • H Wittmeier & J Schaefer, J Bakke, S Rupper, Ø Paasche, R Schwartz, R Finkel (2020). Late Glacial mountain glacier culmination in Arctic Norway prior to the Younger Dryas. Quaternary Science Reviews. Vol. 241, 106461. Published, 07/2020.
  • J Batbaatar* (2020). Glacier development in continental climate regions of central Asia. In: Untangling the Quaternary Peiod-A legacy of Stephen C. Porter. Eds, R. WAitt, G. Thackray, A. Gillespie. The Geological Society of America, Special Paper. Vol. 548. Published, 05/2020.
  • Paolo, G., S. Campbell, Z. Courville, K. Kreutz, A. Kurbatox, P. Neff, E. Osterberg, E. Pettit & S. Rupper (2020). Alpine Glaciers and Ice Caps. Ice Core Drilling Program Ice Core Working Group. Published, 03/04/2020.
  • E Johnson* (2020). An examination of physical processes that trigger the albedo-feedback on glacier surfaces and implications for regional glacier mass balance across High Mountain Asia. Frontiers in Earth Science. Vol. 8, doi: 10.3389/feart.2020.00129. Published, 03/2020.
  • D Keeler* & S Rupper, R Forster, C Miege (2020). A probabilistic automated isochrones picking routine to derive annual surface mass balance from radar echograms. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2020.2989102. Published, 01/2020.
  • M Olson* & S Rupper, D Shean (2019). Terrain induced biases in clear-sky shortwave radiation due to digital elevation model resolution for glaciers in complex terrain. Frontiers in Earth Science. Vol. 7. Published, 12/2019.
  • M Christensen* & M Heaton, S Rupper, C Reese, W Christensen (2019). Bayesian multi-scale spatio-temporal modeling of precipitation in the Indus Watershed. Frontiers in Earth Science. Vol. 7. Published, 11/2019.
  • Y Yoon & S Kumar, B Forman, B Zaitchik, Y Kwon, Y Qian, S Rupper, V Maggioni, P Houser, D Kirschbaum, A Richey, A Arendt, D Mocko, J Jacob, S Bhanja, A Mukherjee (2019). Evaluating the uncertainty of terrestrial water budget components over High Mountain Asia. Frontiers in Earth Science. Vol. 7. Published, 10/2019.
  • P White* & C Reese, W Christensen, S Rupper (2019). A model for Antarctic surface mass balance and ice core site selection. Environmetrics. 10.1002/env.2579. Published, 10/2019.
  • J Maurer* & J Schaefer, S Rupper, A Corley (2019). 40 years of accelerating glacier change across the Himalayas. Science Advances. Vol. 5, eaav7266. Published, 07/2019.
  • S Watson & J Kargel, D Regmi, S Rupper, J Maurer (2019). Shrinkage of Nepal’s second largest lake (Phewa Tal) due to watershed degradation and increased sediment flux. Remote Sensing. Vol. 11. Published, 01/2019.
  • L Vargo* & J Galewski, S Rupper, D Ward (2019). Reply to "Comment on Sensitivity of glaciation in the arid subtropical Andes to changes in temperature, precipitation, and solar radiation by Vargo et al. (2018)" by Martini and Astini (2018. Global and Planetary Change. Vol. 172, 479-481. Published, 01/2019.
  • M Olson* & S Rupper (2019). Impacts of topographic shading on glacier surface mass balance in High Mountain Asia. The Cryosphere. Vol. 13, 29-40. Published, 01/2019.
  • L Vargo* & J Galewski, S Rupper, D Ward (2018). Sensitivity of glaciation in the arid subtropical Andes to changes in temperature, precipitation, and solar radiation. Global and Planetary Change. Vol. 163, 86-96. Published, 10/2018.
  • G Carling & D Fernandez, S Rupper, D Tingey, C Harrison (2017). Effect of atmospheric deposition and weathering on trace element concentrations in glacial meltwater at Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research. Vol. 49, 427-440. Published, 06/2017.
  • J Maurer & S Rupper, J Schaefer (2016). Quantifying ice loss in the eastern Himalayas since 1974 using declassified spy satellite imagery. The Cryosphere. Published, 10/2016.
  • E Sagredo & T Lowell, M Kelly, S Rupper, D Ward, J Aravena, A Malone (2016). Equilibrium line altitudes along the Andes during the last Millennium: Paleoclimatic implications. The Holocene. 1-15. Published, 08/2016.
  • Z Liu & J Radebaugh, E Christiansen, R Harris, S. Rupper (2016). Role of fluids in the tectonic evolution of Titan. Icarus. Vol. 270, 2-13. Published, 03/2016.
  • Koppes, M., S. Rupper, M. Asay*, A. Winter-Billington*, 2015. Sensitivity of glacier runoff projections to baseline climate data in the Indus River Basin. Frontiers of Earth Science, 3, 59. Published, 10/2015.
  • Huybers*, K., S. Rupper, G. Roe, 2015. Response of closed basin lakes to interannual climate variability. Climate Dynamics, 10.1007/s00382-015-2798-4.. Published, 09/2015.
  • Maurer*, J., S. Rupper, 2015. Tapping into the Hexagon spy imagery database: a new automated workflow for geomorphic change detection. Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 108, 113-127. Published, 07/2015.
  • Krusic*, P., E. Cook, D. Dukpa, A. Putnam, S. Rupper, J. Schaefer, 2015. 638 years of summer temperature variability over the Bhutanese Himalaya. Geophysical Research Letters, 10.1002/2015GL063566. Published, 05/2015.
  • Rupper, S., W. Christensen, B. Bickmore, L. Burgener*, L. Koenig, M. Koutnik C. Miège*, R. Forster, 2015. The effects of dating uncertainties on net accumulation estimates from ice cores.Journal of Glaciology, 61(225),163-172. Published, 02/2015.
  • Sagredo*, E, S. Rupper, T. Lowell. 2014. Sensitivity of the equilibrium line altitude across the Andes. Quaternary Research, 81(2), 355-366.. Published, 01/2014.
  • Steig, E., Q. Ding, J. White, M. Kuttel, S. Rupper, T. Neumann, P. Neff, A. Gallant, P. Mayewski, K. Taylor, G. Hoffmann, D. Dixon, S. Schoenemann, B. Markle, D. Schneider, T. Fudge, A. Schauer, R. Teel, B. Vaughn, L. Burgener*, J. Williams*, E. Korotkikh, 2013. Recent climate and ice-sheet changes in West Antarctica compared with the past 2,000 years. Nature Geoscience, 6, 372-375. Published, 06/2013.
  • Burgener*, L., S. Rupper, L. Koenig, R. Forster, W. Christensen, J. Williams*, M. Koutnik,C. Miege, E. Steig, D. Keeler+, L. Riley+, 2013. An observed negative trend in West Antarctic accumulation rates from 1975 to 2010: Evidence from new observed and simulated records. Journal of Geophysical Research, 118, 1-12.. Published, 01/2013.
  • McBride, J., S. Rupper, S. Ritter, D. Tingey, M. Koutnik, A. Quick*, T. Morris, R. Keach,L. Burgener+, A. McKean*, J. Williams*, J. Maurer+, D. Keeler+, R. Windell+, 2012. Relationship between wave ogives and radar scattering in an alpine glacier. Geosphere, 8, 1054-1077.. Published, 01/2012.
  • Rupper, S., S. Schaefer, L. Burgener*, L. Koenig, K. Tsering, E. Cook, 2012. Sensitivity and response of Bhutanese glaciers to atmospheric warming. Geophysical Research Letters, 39, 19, doi: 10.1029/2012GL053010. Published, 01/2012.
  • Thomas*, A.L., S. Rupper, W. Christensen, 2011. Characterizing the statistical properties and interhemispheric distribution of Dansgaard-Oeschger events. Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, D03103. Published, 01/2011.
  • McBride, J., S. Rupper, S. Ritter, D. Tingey, A. Quick*, A. McKean*, N. Jones+, 2010. Results of an experimental radar survey on the Gornergletscher Glacier System (Zwillingsgletscher), Valais, Switzerland: Proceedings of the XIII International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar. doi: 10.1109/ICGPR.2010.5550157. Published, 01/2010.
  • Rupper, S. and Koppes, M., 2010. Spatial patterns in Central Asian climate and equilibrium line altitudes. IOP Earth and Environmental Science, doi:10.1088/1755-1315/9/1/012009. Published, 01/2010.
  • Vizciano, M., S. Rupper, J. Chiang, 2010. Mechanisms of Glacial Onset 2.75 Ma.Paleoceanography, 25, PA2205. Published, 01/2010.
  • Rupper, S., G.H. Roe, and A. Gillespie, 2009. Spatial patterns of glacier advance and retreat in Central Asia in the Holocene. Quaternary Research, 72(3): 337-346. Published, 01/2009.
  • S Rupper & T Tomlin (2008). Holocene Epoch. Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change. Published, 06/2008.
  • S Rupper & R Hart (2008). Utah. Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change. Published, 06/2008.
  • Fisher, D., E. Osterberg, A. Dyke, D. Dahl-Jensen, M. Demuth, C. Zdanowicz, J. Bourgeois, R. Koerner, P. Mayewski, C. Wake, K. Kreutz, E.J. Steig, J. Zheng, K. Yalcin, K. Goto- Azuma, B. Luckman, S. Rupper, 2008. The Prospector Russell (Mt. Logan) Holocene-Late Wisconinan Istope Record: Connections to the tropcial Pacific Ocean. The Holocene, 18(5): 667-677. Published, 01/2008.
  • Rupper, S., and G.H. Roe, 2008. Glacier changes and regional climate – a mass and energy balance approach. Journal of Climate, 21(20): 5384-5401. Published, 01/2008.
  • Fisher, D.A., Wake, C., Kreutz, K, Yalcin, K., Steig, E., Mayewski, P., Anserson, L., Zheng, J., Rupper, S., Zdanowicz, C., Demuth, M., Waszkiewicz, M., Dahl-Jensen, D., Goto- Azuma, K., Bourgeois, J.B., Koerner, R.M., Sekerka, J., Osterberg, E., Abbott, M.B., Finney, B.P., and Burns, S.J., 2004. Stable isotope records from Mount Logan, Eclipse ice cores and nearby Jellybean Lake. Water cycle of the North Pacific over 2000 years and over five vertical kilometers: Sudden shifts and tropical connections. Geographie Physique et Quaternaire, 58(2-3): 337-352. Published, 01/2004.
  • Rupper, S., E.J. Steig, and G.H. Roe, 2004. The relationship between snow accumulation at Mt. Logan, Yukon, and climate variability in the North Pacific. Journal of Climate, 17 (24): 4724-4739. Published, 01/2004.

Presentations

  • *Keeler, D., S. Rupper, P. White, C. Miege, R. Forster, 2019. Integrated trends in annual accumulation across West Antarctica from Operation IceBridge snow radar. AGU, Fall Meeting. Presentation, Presented, 12/2019.
  • *Olson, M., S. Rupper, M. Skiles, 2019. Trends in snow albedo and radiative forcing by light absorbing particles over High Mountain Asia from remote sensing. Presentation, Presented, 12/2019.
  • Rupper, S., J. Krueger*, C. Strong, D. Keeler*, 2019. Tropical forcing of West Antarctic Ice Sheet surface mass balance variability. AGU, Fall Meeting. Presentation, Presented, 12/2019.
  • Putnam, A., J. Schaefer, S. Rupper, E. Cook, Karma Tsering, C. Dorji, D. Putnam, N. Young, T. Rinzin, P. Sharma, A. Gajurel, P. Krusic, P. Strand, L. Mattas, 2019. Chronology of past mountain glacier fluctuations in the eastern Himalaya as context for industrial-age glacier recession. AGU, Fall Meeting. Presentation, Presented, 12/2019.
  • *Maurer, J., J. Schaefer, J. Russell*, S. Rupper, N. Wangdi, A. Putnam, N. Young, 2019. Remote seismic and satellite observations of a Himalayan glacier lake outburst flood. AGU, Fall Meeting. Presentation, Presented, 12/2019.
  • *Ackroyd, C., M. Skiles, K. Rittger, S. Rupper, K. Musselman, 2019. A comparison of WorldView and MODIS in detecting fraction snow cover over High Mountain Asia. AGU, Fall Meeting. Presentation, Presented, 12/2019.
  • *Keeler, D., S, Rupper, R. Forster, C. Miege, 2018. Estimates of annual surface mass balance from radar for the West Antarcitc Idvide using an automated layer picker. AGU, Fall Meeting. Presentation, Presented, 12/13/2018.
  • *Olson M., S. Rupper, 2018. Spatial and temporal changes in aerosol radiative forcing on glaciers in the eastern Himalaya. AGU, Fall Meeting. Presentation, Presented, 12/13/2018.
  • *Hess, M. S. Rupper, B. Codding, M. Power, 2018. Deglaciation of the Uinta Mountain Range: The role of paleoglaciers for human settlements in northeastern Utah. AGU, Fall Meeting. Presentation, Presented, 12/12/2018.
  • Huybers, K., S. Rupper, 2018. Understanding the rate of mass loss for debris-covered glaciers in High Mountain Asia. AGU, Fall Meeting. Presentation, Presented, 12/12/2018.
  • *Krueger, J., S. Rupper, 2018. Examining the influence of tropical Pacific sea-surface temperatures on annual surface mass balance in West Antarctica. AGU, Fall Meeting. Presentation, Presented, 12/11/2018.
  • *Riley, C., S. Rupper, J. Steenburgh, C. Strong, A. Kochanski, 2018. Characteristics of extreme precipitation events in High Mountain Asia as inferred from high resolution regional climate modeling. AGU, Fall Meeting. Presentation, Presented, 12/10/2018.
  • *Johnson, E., S. Rupper, S. Kapnick, D. Rounce, I. Velicogna, J. Maurer, 2018. An analysis of the physical processes controlling observed spatial trends in glacier mass balances across High Mountain Asia. AGU, Fall Meeting. Presentation, Presented, 12/04/2018.
  • Johnson, E., S. Rupper, 2015: Quantifying Feedback Mechanisms on Glacier Mass Balance across High Mountain Asia. AGU Fall Meeting, Abstract C23C-0808. Presentation, Presented, 12/16/2015.
  • Keeler, D., S. Rupper, J. Schaefer, R. Finkel, 2015: Climate Reconstructions of the Younger Dryas: An ELA Model Investigating Variability in ELA Depressions, Temperature, and Precipitation Changes for the Graubϋnden Alps. AGU Fall Meeting, Abstract PP31C-2267. Presentation, Presented, 12/14/2015.
  • A. Putnam, J. Schaefer, S. Rupper, E. Cook, P. Krusic, D. Putnam, N. Young, 2016: 10Be surface-exposure chronology of Holocene glacier fluctuations in the Bhutanese Himalaya. NE GSA. Presentation, Accepted, 11/26/2015.
  • S. Rupper, J. Schaefer, E. Cook, J. Maurer*, A. Putnam, P. Krusic*, 2015: Climate change and glacier response in the Himalayas – Past and present. GSA Fall Meeting, Abstract 192-7. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/10/2015.
  • S. Rupper, J. Maurer, 2015. Himalayan glacier volume change and geodetic mass balance over the past 40+ years. NASA-CAS Workshop, Mammoth Springs, Ca. Presentation, Presented, 09/15/2015.
  • Koppes, M., S. Rupper, 2015: Glacier meltwater contribution to the upper Indus watershed. International Glaciological Society Symposium, Kathmandu, Nepal, Abstract 71A1596. Presentation, Presented, 04/05/2015.
  • S. Rupper, J. Maurer*, J. Schaefer, 2015: Quantifying past, present, and future glacier change in Bhutan, and implications for regional water resources. International Glacier Symposium, UWICE, Bhutan. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/10/2015.
  • Schaefer, J., A. Putnam, S. Rupper, 2015: Mountain glacier change in Bhutan and the monsoonal Himalayas – lessons from the last millennium. International Glacier Symposium, UWICE, Bhutan. Presentation, Presented, 03/10/2015.
  • Rupper, S., J. Maurer, J. Schaefer, 2015. Quantifying glacier change in Bhutan: Implications for water resources and hazards. NASA-CAS Workshop, Kathmandu, Nepal. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/10/2015.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Historical and future precipitation and glacier changes in High Mountain Asia. PI: SUMMER RUPPER. Co-PI(s): COURT STRONG, JIM STEENBURGH, MATTHEW HEATON, SHANE REESE. NASA-HMA, 08/16/2020 - 10/15/2023. Total project budget to date: $1,080,156.00
  • Commercial satellite imagery evaluation over HMA snow and ice. PI: Summer Rupper. Co-PI(s): McKenzie Skiles, Rick Forster. 10/01/2018 - 10/01/2019. Total project budget to date: $100,000.00
  • Quantifying the contribution of mountain glaciers to sea-level rise - Past and future. PI: SUMMER RUPPER. Co-PI(s): RICK FORSTER, JOERG SCHAEFER. NSF-GSS/LCD, 05/15/2019 - 10/31/2022. Total project budget to date: $456,586.00
  • Precipitation and glacier mass balance in High Mountain Asia over the modern era. PI: SUMMER RUPPER. Co-PI(s): JIM STEENBURGH, COURT STRONG, ADAM KOCHANSKI, SHANE REESE, WILLIAM CHRISTENSEN. NASA-HMA, 08/15/2016 - 05/15/2021. Total project budget to date: $930,148.50
  • Bayesian quantification of Antarctic surface mass balance. PI: SUMMER RUPPER. Co-PI(s): WILLIAM CHRISTENSEN, SHANE REESE. NASA-CRYO, 05/02/2016 - 05/01/2020. Total project budget to date: $677,471.00
  • Climate Reanalysis Product Intercomparison over High Mountain Asia. PI: SUMMER RUPPER. NATIONAL AERONAUTICS & SPACE A, 03/15/2016 - 03/14/2017. Total project budget to date: $29,844.00
  • Climate and glacier change in Bhutan: the last millennia, present, and future. PI: JOERG SCHAEFER. Co-PI(s): SUMMER RUPPER, ED COOK. NSF-P2C2, 07/01/2015 - 08/31/2017. Total project budget to date: $552,894.00

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Antarctica
  • Austria
  • Bhutan
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Peru
  • Switzerland