Max Van Wyk de Vries is a Senior Research Associate in the Landscape Dynamics and Water research groups, School of Geography and the Environment.
Max is a geoscientist whose current work focuses on integrating remotely sensed, ground-based, and model datasets to investigate a variety of issues across the Earth Sciences. His current research is a part of the Sajag Nepal project investigating new ways to detect, monitor, and forecast landslides in Nepal. He completed his PhD at the University of Minnesota on the monitoring and modelling of geohazards in glaciated landscapes and the use of lake sediment records to reconstruct Southern Hemisphere paleoclimate at a high temporal resolution. Prior to joining the University of Oxford, he worked as a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Liverpool on the dynamics of large Greenland outlet glaciers.
Most of his current work is focussed on landslides, but he is involved in long-term projects developping flexible remote-sensing workflows for the monitoring of change and surface displacements that are applicable to a wide range of geophysical processes, ranging from glacier and river flow to coseismic displacement. He has released several open-source software applications based on this work (e.g., https://maxvwdv.wixsite.com/home/giv) and is particularly interested in the detection of very small signals within noisy datasets and the quantification of their uncertainty. He is using the land surface model JULES to improve the representation of hydrological processes in Nepal, particularly antecedent soil moisture and has previously used the ISSM ice sheet model to investigate ice flow processes and glacier-landslide interactions.
Please view a full list in my Google Scholar.
- Van Wyk de Vries, M., Romero, M., Penprase S., Wickert, A., Ng, C. G.-H. (2023) Accelerating 21st century mass-loss of the Patagonian Icefields from proglacial river discharge. Journal of Glaciology.
- Singh, H., Varade, D., Van Wyk de Vries, M., Manish Rawat, M., Awasthi, S., Rawat, D. (2023) Present and future glacial lake outburst flood hazards in the Hunza valley. Science of the Total Environment, 868: 161717.
- Van Wyk de Vries, M., Ito, E., Shapley M., Romero M., Brignone G. (2023) Periodicity of the Southern Annular Mode in Southern Patagonia. Quaternary Science Reviews, 304: 108009.
- Van Wyk de Vries, M., Lea, J., Ashmore, D. (2023) Crevasse density, orientation, and temporal variability at Narsap Sermia, Greenland. International Glaciological Society. Journal of Glaciology.
- Van Wyk de Vries, M., Bhushan, S., Jacquemart, M., Deschamps-Berger, C., Berthier, E., Gascoin, S., Shean, D. E., Shugar, D. H., and Kääb, A. (2022) Pre-collapse motion of the February 2021 Chamoli rock-ice avalanche, Indian Himalaya. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences.
- Van Wyk de Vries, M., Carchipulla-Morales, D., Wickert, A. and Minaya, V. (2022) Glacier thickness and ice volume of the Northern Andes. Nature Scientific Data, 9: 342.
- Van Wyk de Vries, M., Wickert, A., Rada, C., MacGregor, K. and Willis, M. (2022) Atypical landslide and-induced surge of a tidewater glacier. Geology, 50(7): 806-811.
- Van Wyk de Vries, M., Ito, E., Shapley, M., Brignone, G., Romero, M., Wickert, A., Miller, L. and MacGregor K. (2022) Limnology and sediment dynamics of Lago Argentino, the world's largest ice-contact lake. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 127(3).
- Van Wyk de Vries, M., and Rambabu, L., (2021) Interaction between COVID-19 and natural disasters: results from an agent-based epidemiology model. Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling.
- Leger, T.P.M., Hein, A.S., Goldberg, D., Schimmelpfennig, I., Van Wyk de Vries, M. and Bingham, R.G. (2021) Northeastern Patagonian glacier advances (43°S) reflect northward migration of the Southern Westerlies towards the end of the last glaciation. Frontiers in Earth Science.
- Shugar, D.H., Jacquemart, M., Shean, D., Bhushan, S., Upadhyay, K., Sattar, A., McBride, S., Schwanghart, W., Van Wyk de Vries, M., et al. (2021) A massive rock and ice avalanche caused the 2021 disaster at Chamoli, Indian Himalaya. Science.
- Van Wyk de Vries, M. and Wickert, A. (2021) Glacier Image Velocimetry: an open-source toolbox for easy and rapid calculation of high-resolution glacier-velocity fields. The Cryosphere.
- Van Wyk de Vries, M., Ito, E., Shapley M., Brignone G. (2021) Semi-automated counting of complex varves through image autocorrelation: an open-source toolbox. Quaternary Research. doi.org/10.1017/qua.2021.10
- Rodriguez, I., Páez, J., Godoy, B., Van Wyk de Vries, M. and Van Wyk de Vries, B. (2020) Dynamics and physical parameters of the Lastarria debris avalanche, Central Andes. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 402, 106990.
- Van Wyk de Vries, M. (2018) A glacial control on the eruption rate of Mt Erebus, Antarctica. Advances in Polar Science, 165-180.
- Van Wyk de Vries, B. and Van Wyk de Vries, M. (2018) Tectonics and Volcanic and Igneous Plumbing Systems. In, Volcanic and Igneous Plumbing Systems (pp. 167-189). Elsevier.
- Van Wyk de Vries, M., Bingham, R.G. and Hein, A.S. (2018) A new volcanic province: an inventory of subglacial volcanoes in West Antarctica. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 461(1): 231-248.