Carnegie Mellon University

David Rounce

David Rounce

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Assistant Professor David Rounce joins the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University in Fall 2020. He received his BS in Civil Engineering in 2010 from Villanova University and his Master's Degree in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering in 2012 and PhD in Civil Engineering in 2016 from the University of Texas at Austin. He conducted postdoctoral research in the Glaciers Group at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Rounce's research seeks to quantify the response of glaciers, water resources, and hazards to climate change to inform adaptation and mitigation efforts at local, regional, and global scales. His work uses computational models informed by remote sensing and grounded in fieldwork to produce actionable information.


PhD 2016 - University of Texas at Austin
MS 2012 - University of Texas at Austin
BS 2010 - Villanova University


Research Group: CREST

Areas of Interest

  • Projections of glacier mass loss and runoff
  • Sea-level change and coastal adaptation
  • Stormwater management and flood modeling
  • Glacier hazards and outburst floods
  • Debris-covered glaciers
  • Remote sensing, fieldwork, and high-performance computing

Select Publications

Rounce, D. and 12 others (2023). Global Glacier Change in the 21st Century: Every Increase in Temperature MattersScience, 379(6627):78-83, doi:10.1126/science.abo1324. [download]

Hamlington, B., Rripathi, A. Rounce, D.R., Weathers, M., Blackwood, C., Adams, K.H., Carter, J., Collini, R.C., Engeman, L., Haasnoot, M., and Kopp., R.E. (2023). Satellite Monitoring for Coastal Dynamic Adaptation Policy Pathways, Climate Risk Management, 42, 100555, (2023), doi:10.1016/j.crm.2023.100555

Rounce, D. and 10 others (2021). Distributed Global Debris Thickness Estimates Reveal Debris Significantly Impacts Glacier Mass Balance, Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2020GL091311, doi:10.1029/2020GL091311

Rounce, D., Hock, R., Shean, D. (2020). Glacier Mass Change in High Mountain Asia Through 2100 Using the Open-Source Python Glacier Evolution Model (PyGEM), Front Earth Sci, doi:10.3389/feart.2019.00331

Rounce, D., Khurana, T., Short, M. Hock, R., Shean, D., Brinkherhoff, D. (2020). Quantifying Parameter Uncertainty in a Large-Scale Glacier Evolution Model Using Bayesian Inference – Application to High Mountain Asia, J Glaciol, doi:10.1017/jog.2019.91

Rounce, D., Watson, C., McKinney, D. (2017). Identification of Hazard and Risk for Glacial Lakes in the Nepal Himalaya Using Satellite Imagery from 2000–2015, Remote Sensing, doi:10.3390/rs9070654

Rounce, D., Byers, A., Byers, E., McKinney, D. (2017). Brief Communications: Observations of a Glacier Outburst Flood from Lhotse Glacier, Everest area, Nepal, Cryosphere, doi:10.5194/tc-11-443-2017

Recent Honors & Awards

  • 2023: International Glaciological Society Firn Award


  • 12-223 CEE Infrastructure Systems in Action
  • 12-401 CEE Design: Imagine, Build, Test
  • 12-471 Applied Data Analytics for Civil and Environmental Systems 
  • 12-657/12-757 Water Resource Systems Engineering

David Rounce: The Response of Glaciers, Water Resources, and Hazards to Climate Change

David Rounce discusses his research on water resources and glacial melting and how it affects our world, locally or globally.