Adrienne White completed her BA in Geography with a minor in Geomatics and Spatial Analysis at the University of Ottawa. During her undergraduate degree she developed an interest in cryospheric studies and remote sensing from her participation in field courses and expeditions to the St. Elias Mountain Range (Yukon), Tapado Glacier (Chile), the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf and Grise Fiord (Canadian High Arctic). Furthermore, work terms with the Canadian Ice Service (Environment Canada) working as a GIS Support Scientist on the UNCLOS Sea Bed mapping Project, have developed her remote sensing and GIS expertise while providing field support to base managers in Resolute Bay.
Adrienne completed her M.Sc. in Physical Geography in late 2012 under the supervision of Dr. Luke Copland (University of Ottawa) and Dr. Derek Mueller (Carleton University). Her thesis provided the first comprehensive survey of the Petersen Ice Shelf on the north coast of Ellesmere Island, include ice thickness and mass balance measurements, as well as quantifying recent changes in its surface area. Her study used a variety of approaches including ground-penetrating radar, and specialized remote sensing techniques such as speckle tracking. In accomplishing this study,
Adrienne’s Ph.D. is focused on a determination of the recent changes to the ice masses (e.g., ice shelves, sea ice, glaciers) of northern Ellesmere Island, using a combination of field and remote sensing techniques. Adrienne is currently a student member of ArcticNet. Outside of university, Adrienne has a passion for aviation, hiking, and travelling