PhD Candidate

Kamilla Hauknes Sjursen

Field of work

I am a PhD student in the Computer Science PhD programme at HVL working in the intersection of computer science and glaciology. In my PhD project I develop mathematical models to investigate past and future glacier changes in Western Norway.

I build mass balance models that use climatic and topographical data to simulate changes in glacier mass and runoff. The modelling focuses on Jostedalsbreen, the largest ice cap in mainland Europe, which I am lucky to have at my doorstep. The results of the modelling are a contribution to the JOSTICE project, which aims to investigate the physical and societal impacts of climate change effects on Jostedalsbreen.

A focus of my PhD project is to investigate how Bayesian methods can be used to improve uncertainty estimates in glacier mass balance modelling. The uncertainty associated with the predictions of such models are an important part of the basis for evaluating the impacts of glacier melt on local tourism, hydropower production, agriculture and landscape planning.

In addition to working on my PhD project I teach hydrology, flood hazards and runoff management in the Master's programme in Climate Change Management and in the international semester programme Geohazards and Climate Change.

Courses taught

  • PL4-303 Runoff Management
  • GE487 Environmental Hydrology and Runoff Management
  • GE477 Glaciers and Ecology

Research areas

  • Modelling mass balance and runoff from glaciers
  • Statistical methods and optimization in glacier modelling
  • Climate change effects on glaciers

Research groups



    Kielland, Pål Hage, Aasen, Jostein, Sjursen, Kamilla Hauknes (2021)

    Meland, Marte, Øst, Kaare, Gillespie, Mette Kusk, Aasen, Jostein, Sjursen, Kamilla Hauknes (2021)
  • Vil kartlegge landskapet under breen

    Yde, Jacob C., Elvehøy, Hallgeir, Sjursen, Kamilla Hauknes (2021)
  • Modelling the climatic mass balance of three glaciers in Norway along a continentality gradient, 1961-2019

    Sjursen, Kamilla Hauknes, Dunse, Thorben, Tambue, Antoine, Schuler, Thomas, Andreassen, Liss Marie (2020)