Andrés Rivera

Andrés Rivera was born in Santiago, Chile and received a degree in Geography from Universidad de Chile. He has worked in glaciology since 1988 when he has studied the main frontal, aerial and volumetric variations of Chilean glaciers particularly in Patagonia, the Lakes District and central Chile. In 1997 he completed a Master degree in Geography at Universidad de Chile, conducting research activities in the Norte Grande region of Chile. In 2004, Andrés received a PhD in Glaciology from the Bristol Glaciology Centre of the University of Bristol, England. Since 1996, Andrés has been actively involved in various glaciology research projects in West Antarctica. Another zone that Andrés has shown permanent interest in is the Northern and Southern Patagonian Icefield, where he has conducted a number of fieldwork activities, and lately, surveys with airborne sensors. Andrs is particularly interested in techniques and methods such as using remote de satellite sensors, laser altimetry, photogrammetry, GPS receptors, ice thickness measurements with radial echo sensor systems and measurements of glacier energy balance.





Dirección: Arturo Prat 514, Valdivia, Chile.

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- Investigador, Centro de Estudios Científicos, Valdivia, Chile.

- Profesor Asociado, Departamento de Geografía, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.





1990 - Geógrafo, Universidad de Chile, Santiago.

1997 - Magister en Geografía, Universidad de Chile, Santiago.

2004 - PhD en glaciología, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.







Contribution of the Patagonia Icefields of South America to Sea Level Rise.

Eric Rignot, Andrés Rivera and Gino Casassa, 2003. Science:302, 434-436.


Use of remote sensing and field data to estimate the contribution of Chilean glaciers to the sea level rise.

Rivera, A., Acuña, C., Casassa, G. and Bown, F. 2002. Annals of Glaciology, 34: 367-372.


Detection of ice thickness using radio echo sounding on the Southern Patagonia Icefield.

Rivera, A. and Casassa, G. 2002. In: The Patagonian Icefields. A unique natural laboratory for environmental and climate change studies. Casassa G., Sepúlveda F. V., and Sinclair R. M. (Eds.) Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York, pp. 101-115.


Mediciones de espesor en glaciares de Chile centro- Sur.

Rivera, A., Casassa, G., Acuña, C. 2001. Revista Investigaciones geográficas, 35: 67-100.


Variaciones recientes de glaciares en Chile.

Rivera, A., Casassa, G., Acuña, C. & Lange, H. 2000. Revista Investigaciones geográficas, 34: 25-52.


Volume changes on Glaciar Pio XI, Patagonia: 1975-1995.

Rivera, A. and Casassa, G. (1999): Global and Planetary Change, 22(1-4): 233-244.


Mass balance of the Antarctic ice Sheet at Patriot Hills.

Casassa, C., Brecher, H., Cárdenas, C. and Rivera, A. 1998. Annals of Glaciology, 27: 130-134.


The 20th Century Advance of Glaciar Pío XI, Southern Patagonia Icefield.

Rivera, A., Lange, H., Aravena, J. and Casassa, G. (1997): Annals of Glaciology, 24:66-71.


Recent fluctuations of Glaciar Pío XI, Patagonia: Discussion of a glacial surge hypothesis.

Rivera, A., Aravena, J. and Casassa, G. (1997): Mountain Research and Development, 17(4): 309-322.


Calving activity at the tidewater San Rafael Glacier, Chile.

Warren, C., Glasser, N., Kerr, A., Harrison, S., Winchester, V., and A. Rivera 1995. Journal of Glaciology, 41(138):273-289.


Non linear climatic response of calving glaciers: A case study of PIO XI Glacier, Chilean Patagonia .

Warren, C. and Rivera, A. 1994. Revista chilena de Historia Natural, 67:385 394.


El Glaciar Pío XI: Avances y Retrocesos, el impacto sobre su entorno durante el presente siglo .
Rivera, A. 1992. Revista Geográfica de Chile Terra Australis, 36:33 62.