School of GeoSciences Research

Numerical-modelling of ice-sheet and glacier melting

We have spearheaded methods to collect invaluable field data and developed new computer modelling techniques to monitor and predict changes in the Earth's ice-covered regions. Our work is providing key input to climate change decision-making worldwide.

A male researcher in ice climbing gear standing on a mountain cliffside in the Icelandic landscape

Changes taking place in the Arctic, Antarctic and other glaciated regions are drivers for disruptive global changes, especially sea-level rise, with major ramifications for people living not only in polar regions but worldwide. 

Our researchers have developed new computer modelling techniques that determined oceans' impact on the flow and retreat of ice around West Antarctica and Greenland.

As a result, our equations have greatly improved predictions of the Antarctic Ice Sheet's fate and its contribution to global sea-level rise over the next 200 years.

Our efforts to measure the landscape accurate to metres, not kilometres, mean we now have a much more detailed understanding of how the landscape under the ice changes how it moves and melts.

We are among the world-leading scientists who have made crucial contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Reports.  These are the most comprehensive scientific reports about climate change produced worldwide. 


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