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Department of Geology and Geophysics


Edward W. Kempema

No PicturePostdoctoral Researcher

Office Phone: 307-223-2243
Fax Phone: (307) 766-6679

Geology and Geophysics
1000 University Ave
Laramie, Wyoming 82071-3006 Office Room No: ESB 2039
Lab Room No: ESB 2042


Oceanography, PhD, University of Washington, 1998
Geology, MS, San Jose State University, 1986
Geology, BA, Humboldt State University, 1979

Research Projects



Dethleff, Dirk, Kempema, E.W., 2007, Langmuir circulation driving sediment entrainment into newly formed ice - tank experiment results with application to nature (Lake Hattie, USA; Kara Sea, Siberia. J. Geophys. Res., v.112, C02004, doi:10.1029/2005JC003259

Langhorne, P.J., Purdie, C.R., Smith, I.J., Leonard, G.H., Kempema, E.W., Petrich, C., Haskell, T., 2006, Antarctic landfast sea ice: the role of platelet ice, IAHR 18th International Symposium on Ice, Sapporo, Japan, 28 August-1 September 2006, v.1, p.285-292

Kempema, E.W., Dethleff, Dirk, 2006, The roll of Langmuir circulation in intial ice formation and suspension freezing. Annals of Glaciology, v.44, p.58-62.

Dethleff, Dirk, Kempema, E.W., 2005, Particle entrainment into newly forming ice in Lake Hattie, WY (USA). Mitteinlungen Zur Keiler Polarforschung, Institut fur Polarforschung, Kiel, Germany, v.21, p.18-22.

Kempema, E. W., and Konrad, S. K., 2004, Anchor ice and water exchange in the hyporheic zone. Proceedings, of the 17th International Symposium on Ice, v.1, p.251-257.

Research Statement

The long-term goal of my research is to understand the effects of ice on surfical processes and sediment dynamics in high-latitude fluvial, marine, and lacustrine environments. To reach this goal, I am studying frazil and anchor ice formation, and the interaction between these ice types and sediment in suspension and on the bed.

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