Dr Lieser is a meteorologist and sea ice scientist in ACE’s Cryosphere Program, which studies the frozen parts in the Southern Hemisphere, including Antarctic land ice and sea ice. His research focus is airborne imaging techniques using digital aerial photography and scanning LiDAR to estimate sea ice thickness. This information is used to check remote sensing data collected by satellites like ICESat and CryoSat-2, which is used by other Antarctic research programs.
Dr Lieser has researched on-site polar meteorological observations and sea ice geophysical properties, as well as numerical modelling of Arctic sea ice and Antarctic sub-glacial Lake Vostok, and the interpretation of remote sensing data. He has participated in several field research programs in both Antarctica and the Arctic Ocean, conducted by our research partners, the Australian Antarctic Division, and the German Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research.
Under Dr Lieser’s leadership the sea ice group is supporting Australian Antarctic shipping operations and other international Antarctic programs with regular reports on sea ice conditions, with a focus on East Antarctica and the Ross Sea. These reports are published and available online.
Dr Lieser is also the principal investigator of an integrated airborne remote sensing package combining a snow thickness RADAR, aerial high resolution photography, infra-red pyrometer and scanning laser to sample various geophysical aspects of the sea ice.
Talking Point: World warms to icy record, The Mercury (Australia), 22 September 2014
Cold Comfort, ABC 7.30 Report (Australia), 1 January 2014
Photographer captures rare shot of flipped iceberg’s underbelly, by Lucy Cormack, The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), 16 January 2016
For a comprehensive list of publications see UTAS WARP
Lieser, J. L., Curran, M. A. J., Bowie, A. R., Davidson, A. T., Doust, S. J., Fraser, A. D., Galton-Fenzi, B. K., Massom, R. A., Meiners, K. M., Melbourne-Thomas, J., Reid, P. A., Strutton, P. G., Vance, T. R., Vancoppenolle, M., Westwood, K. J., and Wright, S. W.: Antarctic slush-ice algal accumulation not quantified through conventional satellite imagery: Beware the ice of March, The Cryosphere Discuss., 9, 6187-6222, doi:10.5194/tcd-9-6187-2015, 2015./ LINK
Reid, PA and Stammerjohn, S* and Massom, RA and Scambos, T* and Lieser, JL, “The record 2013 Southern Hemisphere sea-ice extent maximum”, Annals of Glaciology, 56 (69) pp. 99–106. doi:10.3189/2015AoG69A892 ISSN 0260-3055 (2015)
Lieser, J.L., I. Simmonds and S. Stammerjohn, 2014: Media Briefing: Frozen facts: Launch of Antarctic sea ice report 2014, Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC) (Australia), 11 March, https://aussmc.webex.com/aussmc/lsr.php?RCID=a16730db004e425ba671985dc5ebee30
Lieser, JL and Massom, RA and Fraser, Alexander Donald and Haward, MG and Heil, P and Lannuzel, D and Meiners, K and Melbourne-Thomas, J and Press, AJ and Williams, GD, “Position analysis: Antarctic sea ice and climate change 2014”, Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (2014)
Massom, RA and Reid, P* and Stammerjohn, S* and Barreira, S* and Scambos, T* and Lieser, JL, “State of the Climate 2013: [Antarctica] Sea ice extent, concentration, and duration”, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 95 (7) pp. S150-S152. ISSN 1520-0477 (2014)
East Antarctic landfast sea ice distribution and variability, 2000-08 AD Fraser, RA Massom, KJ Michael, BK Galton-Fenzi, JL Lieser Journal of Climate 25 (4), 1137-1156 doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-10-05032.1
A numerical model for short-term sea ice forecasting in the Arctic JL Lieser Berichte zur Polar-und Meeresforschung 485 http://epic.awi.de/11592/
Variability of Arctic and North Atlantic sea ice: A combined analysis of model results and observations from 1978 to 2001 F Kauker, R Gerdes, M Karcher, C Köberle, JL Lieser Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans (1978–2012) 108 (C6) doi:10.1029/2002JC0015730a.html
Position Analysis: Antarctic Sea Ice and Climate Change (2014)