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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

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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Research and policy in a changing Arctic

Stanford University scholars discuss the Biden administration’s early actions on environmental issues in the Arctic and how the U.S. government can address threats to ecosystems, people and infrastructure in the fastest-warming place on Earth.

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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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Faculty

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Kevin Arrigo

Donald and Donald M. Steel Professor of 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, 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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