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Nick P Toberg

Nick P Toberg

PhD Student

Tidewater glacier dynamics,UAV Photogrammetry methodology



  • 2014-Present PhD student at SPRI
  • 2008-2014 Researcher at Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics


  • 2017 (expected) PhD - Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
  • 2007 BS Physics, mathematics concentration - University of Arizona


Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) observations are employed as observational platforms in many research areas of the earth sciences, and have found particular utility in glaciated regions. I am investigating the range of their potential and limits on their accuracy. I use near-daily UAV observations performed over three months (during the transition from late winter to mid summer), at Store Glacier, Greenland, to 1) model melange effect through backstress on Store Glacier's near terminus region, 2) determine general physical characteristics of ice melange, and 3) build a case study of how to properly constrain errors in UAV field campaigns. I am constructing point cloud representations of the glacier's pro-glacier melange environment, using photogrammetry and Structure from Motion techniques that are derived from the field of landform risk assessment. This work is undertaken with the University of Aberystwyth.


Selected publications

  • 2017 Ice Melange Properties from UAV Observations at Store Glacier Greenland (in preparation), Nick Toberg, Johnny Ryan
  • Changing characteristics of Arctic pressure ridges, Polar Science, Volume 6, Issue 1, Nick Toberg, Peter Wadhams


  • EGU General Assembly 2017:
    A 3D Full-Stokes Calving Model Applied to a West Greenland Outlet Glacier, Joe Todd, Poul Christoffersen, Thomas Zwinger, Peter Råback, Nolwenn Chauché, Alun Hubbard, Nick Toberg, Adrian Luckman, Doug Benn, Donald Slater, Tom Cowton
  • EGU General Assembly 2016:
    Estimating ice-melange properties with repeat UAV surveys over Store Glacier, West Greenland, Nick Toberg (1), Johnny Ryan (2), Poul Christoffersen (1), Neal Snooke (2), Joe Todd (1), and Alun Hubbard (2) (1) University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK (2) University of Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth, UK
  • 3rd Joint Meeting of the APS Division of Nuclear Physics and the Physical Society of Japan, 2009:
    The Importance of Concavity for Nuclear BEs and Thermodynamical Functions, Bruce Barrett, Bertrand Giraud, Byron Jennings, Nick Toberg


  • Queens' College, University of Cambridge, Mathematics Supervisor, 2011-2012
  • Robinson College, University of Cambridge, Dynamics and Relativity Supervisor, 2008-2010

External activities

  • Modern Snow Measurement Methods, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Sodankylä, Finland, 2017.
  • Captain, University of Cambridge Water Polo team 2015-2016