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Understanding Ice

We take an interdisciplinary approach to study the behavior, evolution, and stability of ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice and their role in the earth system.

Understanding Ice News

Looking at the sea, then the sky

“There is an entire ecosystem that lives within sea ice in polar regions that might be an analog for what’s happening on other [worlds],” says Kevin Arrigo in an article about how extraterrestrial oceans could support life.

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Vintage film shows Thwaites Glacier ice shelf in Antarctica melting faster than previously observed

Newly available archival film has revealed the eastern ice shelf of Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica is melting faster than previous estimates, suggesting the shelf may collapse sooner than expected.

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Ice-observing experts gather at Stanford

Stanford Earth hosted more than 100 scientists from around the world July 8-12 for an International Glaciological Society (IGS) symposium on the cutting-edge field of ice-penetrating radar.

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Researchers discover more than 50 lakes beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet

Researchers have discovered 56 previously uncharted subglacial lakes beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet, contributing to our understanding of how the ice sheet will likely respond dynamically to rising temperatures.

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Faculty

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Kevin Arrigo

Donald and Donald M. Steel Professor in Earth Sciences

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Rob Dunbar

W.M. Keck Professor in the School of Earth Sciences and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment

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Dustin Schroeder

Assistant Professor of Geophysics and, by courtesy, of Electrical Engineering and Center Fellow, by courtesy, at the Woods Institute for the Environment

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Jenny Suckale

Assistant Professor of Geophysics and Center Fellow, by courtesy, at the Woods Institute for the Environment

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Howard Zebker

Professor of Electrical Engineering and of Geophysics

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