Johan Kleman

Johan Kleman


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Works at Department of Physical Geography
Telephone 08-16 48 13
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 8
Room T 431
Postal address Inst för naturgeografi 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Institutionen för naturgeografi
Stockholms universitet
106 91 Stockholm

Tel: 08-16 48 13    

Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology
Stockholm University
106 91 Stockholm, Sweden

Phone: (+46) 8 16 48 13    




Fjord on Meta Incognita Peninsula Baffin


My prime fields of scientific curiosity are geomorphology, and the dynamics and evolution of ice sheets. Much of my research is centered on deciphering of subglacial landforms systems. The approach is two-pronged, one being subglacial conditions and the functional chain of subglacial landform preservation-reshaping-destruction, the other being credible reconstruction of paleo-ice sheet evolution.
Subglacial conditions, and in particular the spatial arrangement of frozen and thawed zones, including ice streams, is an important control on ice sheet height, flow pattern and ice discharge, and the variation of these parameters over time. The exposed beds of paleo-ice sheets, which integrate information of subglacial events over a long "time vindow", offer a rich but fragmented and difficult to interpret information source.
In order to improve our use of this record in ice sheet reconstruction I have spent much effort on developing a coherent and credible inversion model for the glacial geomorphological record. Current focal points in my research are ice sheet build-up and atmospheric circulation during conditions of intermediate glaciation, and also the crucial issue of ice sheet stability and the risk of partial ice sheet collapses.  



Recent and Selected Publications
Stroeven, A.P., Fabel, D., Codilean, A.T., Kleman, J.,  Clague, J., Miguens-Rodriguez, M., and Xu, S., 2010: Investigating the glacial history of the northern sector of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet with cosmogenic Be-10 concentrations in quartz. Quaternary Science Reviews, 29:3630-3643.
Kleman, J., Jansson, K.N., De Angelis, H., Stroeven, A.P., Hättestrand, C., Alm, G. and Glasser, N.F., 2010:  North American Ice Sheet build-up during the last glacial cycle 115-21 kyr. Quaternary Science Reviews, 29:2036-2051   
Greenwood, S.L. and Kleman, J., 2010: Glacial landforms of extreme size in the Keewatin sector of the Laurentide Ice Sheet. Quaternary Science Reviews, 29:1894-1910.
Kleman, J., 2008: Where glaciers cut deep. Nature Geoscience, 1:343-344.
DeAngelis, H. and Kleman, J., 2008: Paleo-ice stream onsets: examples from the northeastern Laurentide Ice Sheet. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 33:560-572.
Glasser, N.F., Jansson, K.N., Harrison, S., and Kleman, J., 2008: The glacial geomorphology and Pleistocene history of southern South America between 380S and 560S. Quaternary Science Reviews, 27:365-390.
Goodfellow, B.W., Stroeven, A.P., Hättestrand, C., Kleman, J., Jansson, K.N., 2008. Deciphering a non-glacial/glacial landscape mosaic in the northern Swedish mountains. Geomorphology, 93:213-232.
Kleman, J., Lundqvist, J. & Stroeven, A.P., 2008: Patterns of Quaternary Ice Sheet Erosion and Deposition in Fennoscandia. Geomorphology, 97:73-90.
Jakobsson, M., Polyak, L., Edwards, M., Kleman, J. and Coakley, B., 2008: Glacial geomorphology of the Central Arctic Ocean: The Chukchi Borderlandd and the Lomonosov Ridge. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 33:526-545.
De Angelis, H. and Kleman, J., 2007: Paleo-ice streams in the Foxe/Baffin sector of the
     Laurentide Ice Sheet. Quaternary Science Reviews, 9-10:1313-1331.
Dessie, G., and Kleman, J., 2007: Pattern and magnitude of deforestation in the South Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia. Mountain Research and Development, 27:162-168.
Kleman, J. and Glasser, N.F., 2007: Subglacial Thermal Organization (STO) of Ice Sheets. Quaternary Science Reviews, 26:585-597.
Kleman, J., Hättestrand, C., Stroeven, A.P, Jansson, K.J., De Angelis, H. and  Borgström, I. 2006: Reconstruction of paleo-ice sheets – inversion of their glacial geomorphological record. In: Glaciology and Earth's Changing Environment, ed. Peter Knight, Blackwell Publishing.
Kleman, J., Fastook, J. and Stroeven, A., 2002 : Geologically and geomophologically constrained numerical model of Laurentide Ice Sheet inception and build-up. Quaternary International, 95-96:87-98.
Kleman, J. and Hättestrand, C., 1999: Frozen-based Fennoscandian and
     Laurentide ice sheets during the last glacial maximum. Nature, 402:63-66.
Kleman, J., Hättestrand, C., Borgström. and Stroeven, A.P., 1997:
     Fennoscandian paleoglaciology reconstructed using a glacial geological inversion
     model. Journal of Glaciology, 43:283-299.
Kleman, J. and Borgström, I., 1996 : Reconstruction of paleo-ice sheets - The
     use of geomorphological data. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 21:893-
Kleman, J., 1994: Preservation of landforms under ice sheets and ice caps.
     Geomorphology, 9:19-32.
Kleman, J., 1992: The palimpsest glacial landscape in northwestern Sweden. - Late
     Weichselian deglaciation landforms and traces of older west-centered ice sheets.
     Geografiska Annaler, 74A(4):305-325.
Kleman, J., 1990: On the use of glacial striae for reconstruction of paleo-ice sheet
    flow patterns - With application to the Scandinavian ice sheet. Geografiska Annaler,
Kleman, J., 1987: Directional reflectance factor distributions for two forest
    canopies. Remote Sensing of Environment, 23:83-96.


Short CV Johan Kleman
Professor in Remote Sensing with Bio- and Geoscientific Applications
Research director for Bert Bolin Centre for Climate Research

Department of Physical Geography & Quaternary Geology
Stockholm University
S-106 91 Stockholm
tel: +46-70-7968203
Fax: +46-8-164818
2006-2012 Director of the Bert Bolin Centre for Climate Research
2006-2011 Dean of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Stockholm University
2001-2003 Head of Department
2001, Professor in Remote Sensing with Bio- and Geoscientific applications
2000, Professor in Physical Geography
1990, Associate Professor (Docent) in Physical Geography
1985, Ph.D. in Physical Geography
1978, B.Sc. in Physical Geography



Last updated: May 31, 2018

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