Sophie Schiavone

 Sophie Schiavone

+33 (0)3 81 66 54 01

I am PhD student at the ThéMA laboratory (University Bourgogne Franche-Comté) under the supervision of D. Joly and F. Tolle.  My research is focused on the evaluation of the response of a small arctic glacier to the climate shift (Austre Lovénbreen, Svalbard). Using GIS and statistical modeling, the aim of my thesis is i) to contribute to the understanding of the glacier mass balance temporal and spatial variability, and ii) to qualify and quantify the snow dynamics in the catchment hillsides and their contribution to the final hydrological runoff.

  • 2014 – today: Doctorate in Geography (UBFC) – Quantification of the relationship between the cryosphere and the climate of the Austre Lovén glacier (Spitsberg)
  • 2014: Laureate of the national competitive examination for teachers in Geography & History (Chambéry, France)
  • 2011 – 2013: MSc in Geography – specialty Physical Geography (Grenoble, France)
  • 2009: Junior year of Geography degree (Atlanta, GA, USA)
  • 2013 (6 mo.): Internship – Dynamics of Laguna Negra rock glaciers (Chile) : DGPS monitoring and comparison with nivo-meteorological data. Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (Santiago, Chili) / EDYTEM (Chambéry, France)
  • 2012 (4 mo.): Internship – Implementation of a long-term study site of the alpine vegetation in Gaspesia (Québec). University of Moncton (Moncton, NB, Canada)

Quantification of the relationship between the cryosphere and the climate of the Austre Lovén glacier (Spitsberg)

Arctic is a region where the ongoing climate shift is one of the most important. In this context, glaciers are known to be good indicators of these modifications especially in Spitsbergen where they cover up to 60% of the island. Integrated to a series of research programs focused on the “source to sink” dynamics of the Austre Lovén glacier (78°N), my work is to describe, understand and model the influence of climatic and nivological factors on the mass balance (2007-2017). Moreover, because of the large area occupied by hillsides in the catchment (34%), I also want to qualify and quantify their contribution to the glacier mass balance and the annual hydrological balance. The data used for this work has miscellaneous nature: temperature from sensors, manual and Lidar snow depth measurements, etc. Data processing and analysis are done using GIS and statistical models.


2015 – today : APECS-France secretary (French branch of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists)

2016 – today : ADCG secretary (association for the diffusion of geographical knowledge)

2017 – today : ThéMA laboratory council member (PhD student representative)

GDR AREES member (french collaborative research program on Arctic)


  • 2015 - 2017 : Teaching fellow (Geomorphology, Regional Geography, Demography).
  • 2011- 2013 : Cartography mentoring

Peer-reviewed journal

Schiavone S., Tolle F., Prokop A., Friedt JM., Bernard E., Griselin M., Joly D. Influence of topography on snow depth distribution in slopes using Terrestrial Laser Scanning data (Austre Lovénbreen, Spitsbergen). Cold Regions Science and Technology submitted (15/12/2017).

Fortin G., LeBlanc M., Schiavone S., Chouinard O., Utzchneider A. Comparison of a local population with ruslefac mapping and field results for a better understanding of the sediment budget, Cocagne river, New Brunswick, Canada. Environmental Management (2015) 55(1), 113-127.


Conferences and workshops

Schiavone S., Tolle F., Prokop A., Bernard E., Griselin M., Friedt JM., Marlin C., Joly D., Spatial variability of snow cover in the slopes of a small artic glacier catchment using Lidar data. In : European Geosciences Union. EGU General Assembly 2017, Autriche - avril 2017.

Schiavone S., Bernard E., Tolle F., Friedt JM., Griselin M., Joly D., Contribution of statistical modeling to the understanding of the mass balance of a small arctic glacier. Time series analysis in environmental science and applications to climate change conference, Norvège - novembre 2016. Poster.

Schiavone S., Bodin X., Brenning A., Azocar G., Quense J., Possible climatic controls on the recent (2004-2013) variations of surface displacements of cryospheric landforms in an Andean environment (Chile, 33°S). 8th IAG International Conference on Geomophology, Paris - août 2013.

Schiavone S., Tolle F., Bernard E., Friedt JM., Griselin M., Joly D., A multivariate approach of the factors impacting a small arctic glacier, Austre Lovén - Spitsberg. IASC workshop on the dynamics and mass budget of Arctic glaciers, Autriche - mars 2015.

Find a more exhaustive list of my publications here.