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Greenland Ice Sheet Hydrology & Dynamics

Leverett Glacier from the air, September 2012

What role might surface melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet play in forcing changes in its flow rate in a warmer climate? The sign of the relationship between the input of surface meltwater and its effect on ice motion (through enhanced lubrication and thus sliding) remains highly controversial.

This project, funded originally by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) in June 2008, quantifies the effect of surface generated melt-water fluctuations on ice motion at the margin of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS).

People involved in this project:

  • Prof. Pete Nienow (Edinburgh)
  • Dr. Andrew Sole (Sheffield)
  • Dr. Ian Bartholomew (Edinburgh alum.)
  • Dr. Tom Cowton (Edinburgh)
  • Andrew Tedstone (Edinburgh)
  • Alex Ingle (Edinburgh alum.)
  • Dr. Doug Mair (Aberdeen)
  • Prof. Jemma Wadham (Bristol)
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