After a Bachelor (2010) and a Master degree (2012) in Environmental Engineering, I conducted my doctoral studies in the Environmental Fluid Mechanics Lab of Politecnico di Torino (2016), working on fundamental problems in theoretical glaciology. From 2014 to 2016 I was a fellow of the Scuola Interpolitecnica di Dottorato, a high qualification doctoral program jointly run by the three most prestigious technical universities in Italy, Politecnico di Torino, Milano and Bari. I conducted part of my doctoral research at the Glaciology Group of the University of British Columbia, where my focus was on the spatial dynamics of ice streams. After graduating in the spring 2016, I returned to the University of British Columbia as Postdoctoral Scholar. I joined the Department of Geophysics at Stanford in early 2017.

Honors & Awards

  • PhD Thesis Award, for the best doctoral dissertations univerity-wide., Politecnico di Torino (2016)
  • Scholarship to conduct research abroad. One year spent at the University of British Columbia, Scuola Interpolitecnica di Dottorato (May 2014-Feb 2016)
  • Scholarship to attend the course 'Dynamics, Stochastics, and Predictability of the Climate System', Gruppo Italiano Idraulica (2014)
  • Scholarship to attend the Summer School in Fluid Dynamics for Sustainability and the Environment, DAMPT (Cambridge University) and Ecole Polytechnique Paris (2013)
  • 3-year graduate scholarship, Politecnico di Torino (March 2013-Feb 2016)
  • AGU Travel Grant Award - Fall Meeting 2013, American Geophysical Union (2013)
  • Optime award (for the MSc dissertation), Camera di Commercio di Torino (2012)

Professional Education

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, University of British Columbia, Glaciology (2016)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Politecnico di Torino and Scuola Intepolitecnica di Dottorato, Thesis title: "Mathematical models of ice stream dynamics and supraglacial drainage" (2016)
  • Master of Science, Politecnico di Torino, Environmental Engineering (2012)
  • Bachelor of Science, Politecnico di Torino, Environmental Engineering (2010)

Stanford Advisors

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

I am a glaciologist with a deep interest for the physical processes that shape large ice sheets like Greenland and Antarctica. Currently the main focus of my research is on fast ice flow phenomena, in particular ice streams. These narrow corridors of fast flowing ice display a variety of complex behaviours, partly driven by external forcings - like climate -, and partly internally driven. The more theoretical side of my work seeks to understand the physical processes that govern these behaviours, in particular the spontaneous formation of ice streams out of an otherwise uniform flow, as well as the effects of climatic forcing on the internal dynamics of ice streams. I am also interested in placing observational constraints on the onset of fast ice flow, in particular through the interpretation of englacial layers. Previous lines of inquire include glacier surface hydrology, and the transition to turbulence in open channel flows over permeable beds.

All Publications

  • Stochastic ice stream dynamics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Mantelli, E., Bertagni, M. B., Ridolfi, L. 2016; 113 (32): E4594-600


    Ice streams are narrow corridors of fast-flowing ice that constitute the arterial drainage network of ice sheets. Therefore, changes in ice stream flow are key to understanding paleoclimate, sea level changes, and rapid disintegration of ice sheets during deglaciation. The dynamics of ice flow are tightly coupled to the climate system through atmospheric temperature and snow recharge, which are known exhibit stochastic variability. Here we focus on the interplay between stochastic climate forcing and ice stream temporal dynamics. Our work demonstrates that realistic climate fluctuations are able to (i) induce the coexistence of dynamic behaviors that would be incompatible in a purely deterministic system and (ii) drive ice stream flow away from the regime expected in a steady climate. We conclude that environmental noise appears to be crucial to interpreting the past behavior of ice sheets, as well as to predicting their future evolution.

    View details for DOI 10.1073/pnas.1600362113

    View details for PubMedID 27457960

  • Supraglacial channel inception: Modeling and processes WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH Mantelli, E., Camporeale, C., Ridolfi, L. 2015; 51 (9): 7044-7063
  • Interplay among unstable modes in films over permeable walls JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS Camporeale, C., MANTELLI, E., Manes, C. 2013; 719: 527-550