John Paden

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  • Associate Scientist
  • Deputy Director

Contact Info

325 Nichols Hall
2335 Irving Hill Road
Lawrence, KS 66045


B.A. in Computer Engineering, University of Kansas, 1999, Lawrence, Kansas
M.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Kansas, 2003, Lawrence, Kansas
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of Kansas, 2006, Lawrence, Kansas


Research interests:

  • Radar, Radioglaciology, Cryosphere

Selected Publications

N. Holschuh, K. Christianson, J. Paden, R.B. Alley, S. Anandakrishnan; Linking postglacial landscapes to glacier dynamics using swath radar at Thwaites Glacier, Antarctica. Geology ; 48 (3): 268–272. 

Victor Berger, Mingze Xu, Mohanad Al-Ibadi, Shane Chu, David Crandall, John Paden, Geoffrey Fox, Automated Ice-Bottom Tracking of 2D and 3D Ice Radar Imagery Using Viterbi and TRW-S, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, Sept 2019, vol 12, no 9, pp. 3272-3285, DOI: 10.1109/JSTARS.2019.2930920.

Bailey Miller, John Paden, Emily Arnold, Tom Jordan, Carl Leuschen, Keith Nicholls, David Porter, Carl Robinson, Fernando Rodriguez-Morales, Multipass SAR processing for radar depth-sounder clutter suppression and tomographic processing and measurement of displacement, International Glaciological Society International Symposium on Five Decades of Radioglaciology, July 8-12, 2019.

Mohanad Al-Ibadi, Jordan Sprick, Sravya Athinarapu, Victor Berger, Theresa Stumpf, John Paden, Carl Leuschen, Fernando Rodríguez, Mingze Xu, David Crandall, Geoffrey Fox, David Burgess, Martin Sharp, Luke Copland, and Wesley Van Wychen, “Crossover Analysis and Automated Layer-Tracking Assessment of the Extracted DEM of the Basal Topography of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago Ice-Caps,” IEEE Radar Conference 2018.

Paden, J., Akins, T., Dunson, D., Allen, C., & Gogineni, P. (2010). Ice-sheet bed 3-D tomography. Journal of Glaciology, 56(195), 3-11. doi:10.3189/002214310791190811

K. Kjær, N. Larsen, J. Paden, et al  "A 31-kilometre-wide Late Glacial Impact Crater", Science Advances, Nov 14, 2018.Vol. 4, no. 11, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar8173
J. MacGregor,  J.D. Paden, et al "Holocene deceleration of the Greenland Ice Sheet", Science, 05 Feb 2016.Vol. 351, Issue 6273, pp. 590-593 DOI: 10.1126/science.aab1702

J. Mouginot, E. Rignot, B. Scheuchl, I. Fenty, A. Khazendar, M. Morlighem, A. Buzzi1, J. Paden, Fast retreat of Zachariæ Isstrøm, northeast Greenland, Science,  Dec 2015:Vol. 350, Issue 6266,1357-1361

Robin Bell, Indrani, Winnie Chu, Mike Wolovick, Tim Creyts, Nick Frearson, Hakim Abdi, John Paden, “Refreezing Meltwater Deforms, Warms, and Softens the Greenland Ice Sheet,” Nature Geoscience doi:10.1038/ngeo2179

Awards & Honors

2016 Cryosphere Early Career Award, American Geophysical Union 

Grants & Other Funded Activity

CIF21 DIBBS: Middleware and High Performance Analytics Libraries for Scalable Data Science, NSF,  $ 256,569 (KU Share),10/01/2014 – 09/30/2021

BIGDATA: IA: Collaborative Research: Intelligent Solutions for Navigating Big Data from the Arctic and Antarctic, NSF, 09/01/2018-08/31/2022, $ 373,338

Operational Multichannel Snow Radar for Swath Mapping of Snow Layers on Ice Sheets, Sea Ice, and Land, NASA, 08/01/2020-07/31/2022, $ 1,175,992

Collaborative Research: EAGER: A Dual-Band Radar for Measuring Internal Ice Deformation: a Multipass Ice-Penetrating Radar Experiment on Thwaites Glacier and the McMurdo Ice Shelf, NSF, 05/01/2020-04/30/2022, $ 216, 082


IEEE, IGS, Associate scientific editor for Annals of Glaciology (2019-present)