CliC Welcomes New Fellows Bradley and Massonnet

Alice BradleyCliC is pleased to welcome two new CliC Fellows to our project. Alice Bradley and Francois Massonnet are CliC’s Fellows working on our contribtuions to the Year of Polar Prediction. They join Ylva Sjoberg to become the three early career researchers who are part of our pilot Fellows program. Each of these talented early career researchers are tasked with helping to coordinate and lead various activities under the CliC umbrella.

Alice Bradley is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder in the aerospace engineering department, focusing on remote sensing and Earth sciences. She is currently working on her dissertation, titled “Ice formation in the Arctic Ocean: Observed processes and climate feedbacks.” Alice’s research broadly focuses in sea ice – ocean – atmosphere interactions in environments with partial sea ice cover; ongoing research includes both the marginal ice zone in the Arctic and polynyas in the Antarctic, with a special focus in unmanned aircraft as a sensing platform. She did her undergraduate work in electrical engineering at Dartmouth College and received her M.S. in remote sensing from the University of Colorado. For more information on Alice, visit:

francois massonnetFrancois Massonnet obtained his PhD in Sciences in 2014 from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL). During his PhD, he developed various metrics to evaluate sea ice models used in the framework of climate reconstructions, predictions and projections. He participated as a contributing author to the IPCC WG1 AR5 and was involved in several national and international research projects about climate prediction and predictability. He also implemented data assimilation methods in large-scale sea ice models for state and parameter estimation.

Ylva SjobergDr Massonnet is now a F.R.S.-FNRS Post-Doctoral Fellow from the UCL and undertakes a 18-month scientific visit at the Catalan Institute of Climate Sciences (IC3, Barcelona) in the Climate Forecasting Unit (CFU) where he explores the seasonal-to-interannual predictability of extreme winters at mid-latitudes in response to Arctic climate change. In parallel, he is also implementing initialization methods for near-term prediction in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions. He is also part of the CliC Sea Ice and Modeling Forum and has written several reports for CliC on sea ice observation needs for modeling. Learn more about him here:

They join Ylva Sjoberg who is helping with our Permafrost Research Priorities targeted activity.  Ylva’s PhD project focuses on exploring the interactions between permafrost and groundwater, which is crucial for understanding future changes that can be expected in the Arctic with climate warming. The aim is to assess the effects of permafrost thaw on hydrology both at a detailed and process-oriented scale, and at catchment scales. This is done by analyzing long-term river discharge data, field mapping of ground-ice using geophysical methods, and physically-based modeling of coupled groundwater flows and heat transport. Ylva is helping to facilitate the IPA/CliC Permafrost Research Priorities Targeted Activity.

The CliC Fellows program is a collaborative effort with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists.