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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

Are we missing a crucial component of sea-level rise?

Across Antarctica, some parts of the base of the ice sheet are frozen, while others are thawed. Scientists show that if some currently frozen areas were also to thaw, it could increase ice loss from glaciers that are not currently major sea-level contributors.

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Explanation for formation of abundant features on Europa bodes well for search for extraterrestrial life

Ice-penetrating radar data from Greenland suggests that shallow water pockets may be common within Europa’s ice shell, increasing the potential habitability of the Jovian moon’s ice shell.

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Airborne radar reveals groundwater beneath glacier

Researchers have detected groundwater beneath a glacier in Greenland for the first time using airborne radar data. If applicable to other glaciers and ice sheets, the technique could allow for more accurate predictions of future sea-level rise.

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Can extreme melt destabilize ice sheets?

Researchers have deciphered a trove of data that shows one season of extreme melt can reduce the Greenland Ice Sheet’s capacity to store future meltwater – and increase the likelihood of future melt raising sea levels.

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Faculty

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Kevin Arrigo

Donald and Donald M. Steel Professor of Earth Sciences and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment

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Rob Dunbar

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

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Dustin Schroeder

Associate Professor of Geophysics and of Electrical Engineering

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Jenny Suckale

Assistant Professor of Geophysics and, by courtesy, of Civil and Environmental Engineering 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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