Researcher Database

Podolskiy Evgeny
Arctic Research Center
Assistant Professor

Researcher Profile and Settings

Alias Name

    Podolskiy Evgeny


  • Arctic Research Center

Job Title

    Assistant Professor



Research funding number

  • 80775536


  • 0000-0002-3050-4897

Research Interests

  • Patagonia   Antarctica   Himalaya   Greenland   cryosphere   snow   avalanche   glacier   cryoseismology   

Research Areas

  • Environmental science / Environmental dynamic analysis / glaciology, natural hazards, environment

Academic & Professional Experience

  • 2019/04 - Today    The CryosphereEditor
  • 2015/12 - Today    Hokkaido UniversityArctic Research CenterAssistant Professor, Group Sub Leader
  • 2015/04 - 2015/11    Hokkaido UniversityInstitute of Low Temperature ScienceJSPS Research Fellow
  • 2012/06 - 2014/06    Joseph Fourier UniversityIRSTEAMarie Curie Research Fellow
  • 2011/01 - 2012/05    Joseph Fourier UniversityIRSTEAPostdoctoral Scholar
  • 2010/08 - 2010/12    Nagoya UniversityGraduate School of Environmental ScienceResearcher


  • 2008/10 - 2010/06  Nagoya University  Graduate School of Environmental Studies  Ph.D.
  • 2003/09 - 2005/06  Moscow State University  Faculty of Geography  M.Sc.
  • 1999/09 - 2003/06  Moscow State University  Faculty of Geography  B.Sc.
  • 1996/09 - 1999/06  Lyceum of Information Technology #1533

Research Activities

Published Papers

  • Minowa M., Podolskiy E., Sugiyama S.
    Annals of Glaciology 60 (79) n/a - n/a 2019/05 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • Podolskiy E., Fujita K., Sunako S., Sato Y.
    Journal of Geophysical Research 124 n/a - n/a 2019/05 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • Minowa, M., E.A. Podolskiy, G. Jouvet, Y. Weidmann, D. Sakakibara, S. Tsutaki, R. Genco, S. Sugiyama
    Earth and Planetary Science Letters 515 283 - 290 2019/04 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • De Biagi, V., Barbero, M., Barpi, M., Borri-Brunetto, M., and E. Podolskiy
    European Journal of Mechanics / A Solids 74 26 - 33 2018/10 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • Podolskiy, E. A., Fujita, K., Sunako, S., Tsushima, A., Kayastha, R. B.
    Geophysical Research Letters 45 9699 - 9709 2018/08 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
    Journal of Glaciology 64 (245) 362 - 376 2018/04 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • Sugiyama, S., Tsutaki, S., Sakakibara, D., Saito, J., Ohashi, Y., Katayama, N., Podolskiy, E., Matoba, S., Funk, M., and Genco, R.
    Low Temperature Science 75 1 - 13 2017/03 [Not refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (bulletin of university, research institution)
  • Podolskiy Evgeny, Genco, R. Sugiyama, S., Walter, F., Funk, M., Minowa, M., Tsutaki, S., and M. Ripepe
    Low Temperature Science 75 15 - 36 2017/03 [Not refereed][Invited]
     Research paper (bulletin of university, research institution)
  • Podolskiy Evgeny, Walter Fabian
    Reviews of Geophysics 54 (4) 708 - 758 2016/10 [Refereed][Invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • Podolskiy E., S. Sugiyama, M. Funk, F. Walter, R. Genco, S. Tsutaki, M. Minowa, M. Ripepe
    Geophysical Research Letters 43 2036 - 2044 2016/03 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • Evgeny A. Podolskiy, Valentina A. Lobkina, Yuri V. Gensiorovsky, Emmanuel Thibert, Emmanuel Thibert
    Cold Regions Science and Technology 114 44 - 60 0165232X 2015/06 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal) 
    © 2015. Systematic snow disposal from street cleaning operations may create large anthropogenic snow/ice bodies. Such man-made cryospheric objects may be considered as complex geophysical interfaces between the atmosphere, landscape, soils and hydrosphere. Urban snow patches not only produce large amounts of meltwater (and therefore a risk of flooding), but also serve as multiphase chemical reactors due to highly polluted mixture of snow/ice with various materials and water inclusions. However, the exact roles of snow patches in the environment and the factors driving their temporal evolution remain unclear. They are nevertheless of major importance for informed decision making and sustainable disposal operations. Here we present the results of a 4-year monitoring program concerning two artificial snow patches near the town of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Russia) and the results of numerical modeling inferring the main corresponding processes, i.e. melting and water discharges. The temperature-based index method proved adequate to assess the evolution of the two snow patches. Constant ablation factors of about 0.45-0.58 and 0.27-0.31cmw.e.d-1°C-1, respectively, were found to be appropriate for a first order approximation of snow patch melt dynamics. However, twice lower melt rates were found for one of the two closely located snow patches. This suggests that other factors, such as debris content, likely play a role. This difference in melting can be accounted for by modulating the ablation factor according to debris properties. In terms of peak daily water discharge, snow patch melting produces about 5-15cmw.e.perday, comparable to rain rates during regional typhoons. This study represents a starting point that should be followed by a more detailed monitoring program and the application of a more complex numerical model of snow disposal sites, to allow optimization of their maintenance. For example, marginal melting or the combined influence of debris and soils on surface runoff should be further investigated. Moreover, better constrained and formulated chemical processes will allow a more reliable estimate of the local environmental impact of regular snow disposal.
  • E. A. Podolskiy, G. Chambon, M. Naaim, J. Gaume
    Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 15 119 - 134 15618633 2015/01 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal) 
    © 2015 Author(s). Snowpack weak layers may fail due to excess stresses of various natures, caused by snowfall, skiers, explosions or strong ground motion due to earthquakes, and lead to snow avalanches. This research presents a numerical model describing the failure of "sandwich" snow samples subjected to shaking. The finite element model treats weak layers as interfaces with variable mechanical parameters. This approach is validated by reproducing cyclic loading snow fracture experiments. The model evaluation revealed that the Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion, governed by cohesion and friction angle, was adequate to describe the experiments. The model showed the complex, non-homogeneous stress evolution within the snow samples and especially the importance of tension on fracture initiation at the edges of the weak layer, caused by dynamic stresses due to shaking. Accordingly, a simplified analytical solution, ignoring the inhomogeneity of tangential and normal stresses along the failure plane, may incorrectly estimate the shear strength of the weak layers. The values for "best fit" cohesion and friction angle were ‰1.6 kPa and 22.5-60°. These may constitute valuable first approximations in mechanical models used for avalanche forecasting.
  • E. A. Podolskiy, M. Barbero, F. Barpi, G. Chambon, M. Borri-Brunetto, O. Pallara, B. Frigo, B. Chiaia, M. Naaim
    Cryosphere 8 1651 - 1659 19940416 2014/09 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal) 
    © Author(s) 2014. CC Attribution 3.0 License. Natural sintering in ice is a fundamental process determining mechanical properties of various ice forms. According to the literature, limited data are available about the complex subjects of snow sintering and bond formation. Here, through cold laboratory mechanical tests with a new shear apparatus we demonstrate time-dependent effects of isothermal sintering on interface strengthening at various normal pressures. Measurements showed that interfacial strength evolved rapidly, conforming to a power law (mean exponent ≈ 0.21); higher pressure corresponded to higher initial strength and sintering rates. Our findings are consistent with observations on homogeneous snow, provide unique records essential for slope stability models and indicate the significant importance of normal load on data interpretation.
  • Evgeny A. Podolskiy, Kaoru Izumi, Vladimir E. Suchkov, Vladimir E. Suchkov, Nicolas Eckert
    Journal of Glaciology 60 409 - 430 00221430 2014/01 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal) 
    The analysis of historical avalanche data is important when developing accurate hazard maps. The record of snow-avalanche disasters on Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands is incomplete, due to the historical division into periods of Japanese and Russian rule. Here we combine and analyze data from Japanese and Russian sources to reconstruct a continuous record of avalanche catastrophes in the region from 1910 to 2010. Despite the relatively small scale of the majority of catastrophic avalanches, with a total vertical drop <200 m, we document evidence that places the region among the most avalancheaffected areas in the world. In total, 756 fatalities and >238 injuries have occurred in 275 incidents over a 100 year period (two-thirds of those killed were Japanese). This death toll is higher than that in Canada, New Zealand or Iceland, or non-recreational fatalities in France. A wave of avalanche disasters (1930s-60s) following intense colonization of Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands is evident. Although this 'wave' could be considered a local issue of the past, many presently developing countries may face similar situations. The fatality rate has decreased over time, due to social factors, and differs from that of any other region, in its absence of deaths through recreational activities. Although in recent years the fatality rate is lower than that of Iceland or the USA, the per capita avalanche casualty rate on Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands remains among the highest in the world.
  • Podolskiy Evgeny A, Chambon G, Naaim M, Gaume J
    J. Glaciol. 59 (218) 1189 - 1201 2013 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • Podolskiy E, Nygaard B, Nishimura K, Makkonen L, Lozowski E
    Journal of Geophysical Research 12 (1) 2012/06 [Refereed][Not invited]
    Podolskiy, E, Nygaard, B, Nishimura, K, Makkonen, L & Lozowski, E, 2012, 'Study of unusual atmospheric icing at Mount Zao, Japan, using the Weather Research and Forecasting model', Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 12, no. 1, p. 179.
  • Podolskiy E
    Science. 2012/06 [Refereed][Not invited]
    Podolskiy, E, 2012, 'Perspective: Learning from Others' Mistakes', Science.
  • Podolskiy E, Nishimura K, Abe O, Chernous P
    Journal of Glaciology 56 (197) 431 - 446 2010/08 [Refereed][Not invited]
    Podolskiy, E, Nishimura, K, Abe, O & Chernous, P, 2010, 'Earthquake-induced snow avalanches: I. Historical case studies', Journal of Glaciology, vol. 56, no. 197, pp. 431-446.
  • Podolskiy E, Nishimura K, Abe O, Chernous P
    Journal of Glaciology 56 (197) 447 - 458 2010/08 [Refereed][Not invited]
    Podolskiy, E, Nishimura, K, Abe, O & Chernous, P, 2010, 'Earthquake-induced snow avalanches: II. Experimental study', Journal of Glaciology, vol. 56, no. 197, pp. 447-458.
  • Podolskiy E
    Earth Interactions 13 (4) 1 - 14 2009/05 [Refereed][Not invited]
    Podolskiy, E, 2009, 'Effects of Recent Environmental Changes on Global Seismicity and Volcanism', Earth Interactions, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 1-14.
  • Podolskiy E
    103 213 - 221 2007 [Refereed][Not invited]
    Podolskiy, E, 2007, 'Unexpected Aspect. Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz', Data of Glaciological Studies, vol. 103, pp. 213-221. Biography and scientific contributions of J. L. R. Agassiz, the founder of experimental Glaciology.

Conference Activities & Talks

  • グリーンランドにおけるOBS(海底地震計)を用いた氷河地震とクジラの研究  [Not invited]
    Podolskiy Evgeny
    第3回地震火山センター談話会  2019/10
  • Continuous and discrete ice-quakes due to fracture, slow slip and fluids  [Invited]
    Podolskiy Evgeny
    The International Statistical Seismology (StatSei) workshop  2019/08
  • Volcanic‐like long-period seismic events at a tidewater glacier in Greenland  [Not invited]
    Podolskiy Evgeny
    EGU General Assembly 2019  2019/04
  • Thermal fracturing on a Himalayan debris-covered glacier  [Invited]
    Podolskiy Evgeny
    EGU General Assembly 2019  2019/04
  • Hydro-acoustic monitoring of mammals and ice dynamics in Greenland  [Not invited]
    Podolskiy Evgeny
    ArCS Joint Seminar (Thema 2 & 6), HU, Hakodate  2019/03
  • Podolskiy Evgeny
    北海道大学低温科学研究所共同利用研究集会 「気候変化に伴う質量収支と氷河変動に関する研究」  2019/01
  • Nocturnal Thermal Fracturing of a Himalayan Debris-covered Glacier: Evidence from Ambient Seismic Noise and Numerical Modeling  [Not invited]
    Podolskiy Evgeny
    AGU Fall Meeting 2018  2018/12
  • Hydraulic Link between Glacier-dammed Lake and Meltwater Plume Revealed by Seismic Tremor, Time-lapse Imagery, Radar and Mooring  [Not invited]
    Podolskiy Evgeny
    AGU Fall Meeting 2018  2018/12
  • 氷河末端の係留観測で明らかになった氷河融解水プルームによる乱流中のエネ ルギーカスケード  [Not invited]
    Podolskiy Evgeny
    ArCS氷河氷床・海洋相互作用課題 第2回会合  2018/11
  • Nocturnal thermal fracturing of a Himalayan debris-covered glacier: Evidence from ambient seismic noise and numerical modelling  [Not invited]
    Podolskiy Evgeny
    Glaciological Seminar, VAW/ETH-Zurich  2018/10
  • Seismic symphony of a tidewater glacier: tide-modulated cracks, subglacial GLOFs, calving and sliding tremors  [Not invited]
    Podolskiy Evgeny
    Glaciological Seminar, VAW/ETH-Zurich  2018/09
  • Long-period seismic events and tremor at a tidewater glacier in Greenland  [Not invited]
    Podolskiy Evgeny
    European Seismological Commission General Assembly 2018  2018/09
  • Ambient seismic noise due to nocturnal fracture at Himalayan debris-covered glacier  [Not invited]
    Podolskiy Evgeny
    Meeting of Institute of Seismology and Volcanology  2018/07
  • Ambient seismic noise at a Himalayan debris-covered glacier  [Not invited]
    Podolskiy Evgeny
    Japan Geoscience Union Meeting  2018/05
  • Seismic noise as a treasure mountain for a glaciologist  [Not invited]
    Podolskiy Evgeny
    Meeting of Institute of Seismology and Volcanology  2018/01
  • Seismic noise as a proxy for glacier dynamics  [Not invited]
    Podolskiy Evgeny
    5th International Symposium on Arctic Research (ISAR-5)  2018/01
  • Seismic noise as a treasure mountain for a glaciologist  [Not invited]
    Podolskiy Evgeny
    Greenland ice sheet and its recent changes  2017/11

Research Grants & Projects

  • 氷河学における新た なプロキシとしての 地震波解析
    JSPS:Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research
    Date (from‐to) : 2018/04 -2021/03 
    Author : Podolskiy Evgeny

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