Antarctic Glaciology

Project Description
Snow and ice are pervasive elements of high latitude
environmental systems and have an active role in the global
environment. The glaciology program is concerned with the study
of the history and dynamics of all naturally occurring forms of
snow and ice, including floating ice, seasonal snow, glaciers,
and continental and marine ice sheets. Program emphases include
paleoenvironments from ice cores, ice dynamics, numerical
modeling, glacial geology, and remote sensing of ice
sheets. Some specific objectives include the correlation of
climatic fluctuations evident in Antarctic ice cores with data
from arctic and lower-latitude ice cores, the integration of the
ice record with the terrestrial and marine records, the
investigation of the physics of fast glacier flow with emphasis
on processes at glacier beds, the investigation of ice-shelf
stability and the identification and quantification of the
feedback between ice dynamics and climate change.