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Larry Hinzman
Larry Hinzman, VC for Research

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About VCR Larry Hinzman

Professor Hinzman’s primary research interests involve permafrost hydrology. He has conducted and collaborated on hydrological and meteorological research in arctic Alaska, Canada, and Russia for over 30 years, characterizing and quantifying hydrological processes and their inter-dependence with climate and ecosystem dynamics.

Dr. Hinzman facilitates international partnerships to advance our understanding of the arctic system. He provides open access to all his data (historical and near real-time), which include uncommon and highly valuable observations of surface radiation, water, and energy balances.

Dr. Hinzman’s open-access approach has enabled establishment of collaborative programs, including the Freshwater Integration Program, FROSTFIRE, Seward Peninsula ATLAS project and the Kuparuk River hydrologic network. He also led establishment of the IARC Data Archive, which serves as a repository for any arctic data set to help prevent further loss of observations and modeling results.

  • Was a member of the US Polar Research Board and now serves as an Ex-Officio member of that board.
  • Was U.S. Representative to the International Permafrost Association and a member of the Universities Council on Water Resources.
  • Served as co-chair of the U.S. National Science Foundation’s study on the Arctic Freshwater Integration and presently serves as chief scientist for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments (NGEE-Arctic).
  • Served on the U.S. SEARCH (Study of Environmental Arctic Change) Observing Change Panel, and the Alaska Governor’s Sub-cabinet Economic Activities Technical Working Group.
  • Serves on the International Advisory Board for the Korea Polar Research Institute, and for the Canadian Changing Cold Regions Network (CCRN).
  • Member of the Scientific Steering Group for WRCP Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) program.
  • Advisory Committee Member for the Alaska Center for Energy and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS).
  • Serves as the US delegate to the International Arctic Science Committee and was recently elected to serve as vice-president of that organization.