Don Perovich studies the geophysics of sea ice, with particular emphasis on electromagnetic, thermodynamic, and morphological properties. The central goal of his research is deceivingly simple to state: follow the photons. He seeks to understand the interaction of solar radiation with sea ice, including the role of the sea ice albedo feedback in the Arctic climate system. Sunlight impacts the heat budget of the ice and primary productivity in the ice and upper ocean. His interests also include the mass balance of the sea ice cover, with an emphasis on the summer melt cycle. He has participated in numerous field experiments including a year-long drift experiment and a trans-Arctic expedition.
Don is a Research Geophysicist at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory and an Adjunct Professor at the Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College. Dr. Don Perovich received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geophysics from the University of Washington. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and has received the Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the National Science Foundation Arctic Service Award, the Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal, and the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory lifetime achievement award.