Gateway Antarctica

Gateway Antarctica

Dr Wolfgang Rack


Senior Lecturer


MSc in Meteorology, PhD in Glaciology


113 Geography Staff Building

Contact Details

Phone: +64 3 364 3166

Fax:    +64 3 364 2197
Internal Phone: Ext: 3166

Postal address:
Gateway Antarctica
Level 1, Geography Building
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand


Wolfgang Rack, MSc (1995) and PhD (2000) at the Institute for Meteorology & Geophysics, University of Innsbruck, Austria; Research Scientist at Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany (2001-2006); Senior Lecturer for Glaciology and Remote Sensing at Gateway Antarctica since 2006. Over ten years experience in glaciology with emphasis on remote sensing in polar and alpine environment; several field trips to the Alps, Patagonia, the Artic and Antarctica .

Research Interests

Satellite and airborne remote sensing of snow and ice; Mass balance studies of glaciers & ice sheets

Recent Publications

Kerr, T., I. Owens, W. Rack, and R. Gardner. (2009). Using ground-based laser scanning to monitor surface change on the Rolleston Glacier, New Zealand, J. Hydrol. New Zealand, 48 (2), 59-72.

Drews, R., W. Rack, C. Wesche, and V. Helm. (2009). A Spatially Adjusted Elevation Model in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica, Based on Differential SAR Interferometry. IEEE Trans. Geosc. Rem. Sens., 47 (8), 2501-2509, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2009.2016081.

Dunse, T., O. Eisen, V. Helm, W. Rack, D. Steinhage, V. Parry. (2008). Characteristics and small-scale variability of GPR signals and their relation to snow accumulation in Greenland’s percolation zone. J. Glaciol., 54 (185), 333-342.

Runge, H., W. Rack, M. Hepperle. (2007). A Solar Powered HALE-UAV for Arctic Research. Proc. of 1st CEAS European Air and Space Conference, 10-13 September 2007, Berlin, Germany.

Rott, H., W. Rack, T. Nagler. (2007). Increased export of grounded ice after the collapse of northern Larsen ice shelf, Antarctic Peninsula, observed by Envisat ASAR. Proc. IGARSS 2007, DOI: 10.1109/IGARSS.2007.4423013.

Helm, V., W. Rack, R. Cullen, P. Nienow, D. Mair, V. Parry, and D.J. Wingham. (2007). Winter accumulation in the percolation zone of Greenland measured by airborne radar altimeter, Geoph. Res. Letters, 34 (L06501), doi: 10.1029/2006GL029185.

Jansen, D., M. Schodlok, and W. Rack. (2007). Basal melting of A-38B: A physical model constrained by satellite observations. Remote Sensing Environment, 111, 195-203.

Anschütz, H., Eisen, O., Rack, W., Scheinert, M. (2006) Periodic Surface Features in Coastal East Antarctica, Geoph. Res. Letters, 33, L22501, doi:10.1029/2006GL027871

Rotschky, G., Rack, W., Dierking, W., Oerter, H. (2006). Retrieving Snowpack Properties and Accumulation Estimates from a Combination of SAR and Scatterometer Measurements, IEEE Trans. Geosc. Rem. Sens., 44(4), 943-956.

Rack, W., H. Rott. (2006). Further Retreat of the Northern Larsen Ice Shelf and Collapse of Larsen B. FRISP report no. 14, 16th Int. Workshop of the Forum for Research on Ice Shelf Processes, Bergen, Norway, 25th-26th June 2002.

Eisen, O., Rack, W., Nixdorf, U., Wilhelms, F.(2005). Spatial-temporal characteristics of accumulation in the vicinity of the EPICA deep-drilling site in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica, Annals of glaciology, 41, 41-46.

Sandhäger, H., Rack, W., Jansen, D. (2005). Model investigations of Larsen B Ice Shelf dynamics prior to the breakup, Forum for Research into Ice Shelf Processes (FRISP) Report No.16, 5-12.

Rack, W. , Rott, H.(2004). Pattern of retreat and disintegration of Larsen B ice shelf, Antarctic Peninsula , Annals of glaciology, 39, 505-510.

Rack, W., Nixdorf, U., Miller, H., Runge, H. (2004). Improved monitoring of polar land ice dynamics by means of X-Band SAR interferometry: ICEDANCE. Proc. of 4th Int. Symposium on Retrieval of Bio- and Geophysical Parameters from SAR Data for Land Applications (BioGeoSAR), November 2004, Innsbruck, Austria, 410-416.

Rack, W., Rotschky, G., Valentine, H., Hoffmann, F., Oosthuizen, S., Gernandt, H., Miller, H. (2004). The new traverse route from Atka Bay to SANAE IV. Terra Nostra 2004 (4), 147-155.

Jansen, D., Sandhaeger, H., Rack, W.(2005). Model experiments on large tabular iceberg evolution: ablation and strain thinning, Journal of glaciology, 51(174), 363-372.

Rott, H., Rack, W., Skvarca, P., de Angelis, H. (2002). Northern Larsen Ice Shelf, Antarctica : further retreat after collapse, Annals of Glaciology, 34 (1), 277-282.

Rack, W., Doake, C.S.M., Rott, H., Siegel, A., Skvarca, P. (2000). Interferometric analysis of the deformation pattern of the northern Larsen Ice Shelf, Antarctic Peninsula , compared to field measurements and numerical modeling, Annals of Glaciology, 31, pp. 205-210.

Rack, W., Rott, H., Siegel, A., Skvarca, P. (1999). The Motion Field of Northern Larsen Ice Shelf, Antarctic Peninsula , Derived from Satellite Imagery, Annals of Glaciology, 29, pp. 261-266.

Skvarca, P., Rack, W., Rott, H. (1999). 34 year satellite time series to monitor characteristics, extent and dynamics of Larsen B, Antarctic Peninsula , Annals of Glaciology, 29, pp. 255-260.

Skvarca, P., Rack, W., Rott, H., Ibarzábal y Donángelo, T. (1999). Climatic trend, retreat and disintegration of ice shelves on the Antarctic Peninsula : an overview, Polar Research, 18 (2), pp. 151-157.

Skvarca, P., Rack, W., Rott, H., Ibarzábal y Donángelo, T. (1998). Evidence of recent climatic warming on the eastern Antarctic Peninsula , Annals of Glaciology, 27, pp. 628-632.

Rott, H., Rack, W., Nagler, T., Skvarca, P. (1998). Climatically Induced Retreat and Collapse of Northern Larsen Ice Shelf, Annals of Glaciology, 27, pp. 86-92.

Rack, W., Rott, H., Nagler, T., Skvarca, P. (1998). Areal Changes and Motion of Northern Larsen Ice Shelf, Antarctic Peninsula, in 'Proc. of IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium - Sensing and Managing the Environment, 6-10 July 1998, Seattle, USA', Vol. 4, IEEE Publications, pp. 2243-2245.