Ole Humlum

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Visiting address Geologibygningen Sem Sælands vei 1 0371 OSLO
Postal address P.O. Box 1047 Blindern NO-0316 Oslo

Academic Interests

  • Glacial- and periglacial geomorphology, with main emphasis on the climatic control on glacial and periglacial geomorphic activity in cold-climate, high-relief areas, past as well as present.
  • Landforms derived from bedrock weathering in high-relief areas, with special emphasis on rock glaciers.
  • Climate variability and associated geomorphic response. Reconstruction of Quaternary ice sheets, glaciers and periglacial environments in the North Atlantic region.
  • Historical and modern climatology (modern data series as well as the use of documentary and early instrumental records for the reconstruction of late Holocene climate) of the Arctic region, the North Atlantic region, including the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Svalbard and Norway.
  • The impact of climate on societies (human dimensions) in the North Atlantic region. 
  • Comparison and integration of different climate proxy series.
  • Scientific applications of numerical modelling in geomorphology; e.g. modelling of active layer and permafrost thermal characteristics. 
  • Mapping Arctic and Antarctic surface temperature changes and geomorphic effects during the observational period.
  • Mapping, monitoring and modelling natural cold-climate geomorphic processes and -hazards.
  • Permafrost and periglacial processes. International Permafrost Association.
  • Physical Geography of Svalbard
  • Snow avalanche risk in Svalbard

Employment history

  • Professor of Physical Geography at the Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, since 2003.
  • Adjunct Professor of Physical Geography at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), since 2003.
Tags: Geomorphology, Glaciology, Cryosphere, Permafrost, Climate change


  • Strand, Sarah Marie; Christiansen, Hanne H; Johansson, Margareta; Åkerman, Jonas & Humlum, Ole (2020). Active layer thickening and controls on interannual variability in the Nordic Arctic compared to the circum-Arctic. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes.  ISSN 1045-6740. . doi: 10.1002/ppp.2088 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Chylek, Petr; Hengartner, Nicholas; Lesins, Glen; Klett, James D.; Humlum, Ole; Wyatt, Marcia & Dubey, Manvendra K. (2014). Isolating the anthropogenic component of Arctic warming. Geophysical Research Letters.  ISSN 0094-8276.  41(10), s 3569- 3576 . doi: 10.1002/2014GL060184
  • Christiansen, Hanne H; Humlum, Ole & Eckerstorfer, Markus (2013). Central Svalbard 2000-2011 Meteorological Dynamics and Periglacial Landscape Response. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine research.  ISSN 1523-0430.  45(1), s 6- 18 . doi: 10.1657/1938-4246-45.1.6
  • Humlum, Ole; Stordahl, Kjell & Solheim, Jan Erik (2013). The phase relation between atmospheric carbon dioxide and global temperature. Global and Planetary Change.  ISSN 0921-8181.  100, s 51- 69 . doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2012.08.008 Show summary
  • Lilleøren, Karianne Staalesen; Humlum, Ole; Nesje, Atle & Etzelmuller, Bernd (2013). Holocene development and geomorphic processes at Omnsbreen, southern Norway: Evidence for glacier-permafrost interactions. The Holocene.  ISSN 0959-6836.  23(6), s 796- 809 . doi: 10.1177/0959683612471984
  • Lilleøren, Karianne Staalesen; Etzelmuller, Bernd; Schuler, Thomas; Gisnås, Kjersti & Humlum, Ole (2012). The relative age of mountain permafrost - estimation of Holocene permafrost limits in Norway. Global and Planetary Change.  ISSN 0921-8181.  92-93, s 209- 223 . doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2012.05.016

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