The cryosphere plays in critical role in the Earth system, both responding to and having some control over the dynamics of the oceans, the atmosphere, the lithosphere and global climate. |
Glaciology is the study of ice and natural phenomena that involve ice. It is a true integration of geology, meteorology, oceanography, and climatology.
In the paleoceanography group at WHOI our main areas of glaciological research are:
• Using ice-cores and ice sheet studies to advance our understanding of past climate change
• Applying field and remote sensing techniques to investigate ice sheet surface processes and recent change
• Understanding the controls on ice dynamics
Our current research is focused on the polar ice sheets, and two specific geographic areas in particular: the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and the Greenland Ice Sheet. These regions have fast moving ice streams, fringing ice shelves, surface melting, a strong marine influence, show large changes since the last ice age, and have the potential for rapid future change and large sea level impacts.
2007-2008 International Polar Year (IPY) - ICSU
2007-2008 International Polar Year (IPY) - NSF
International Glaciological Society
National Snow and Ice Data Center
World Data Centre for Glaciology
NSF Office of Polar Programs
NSF Arctic System Science Program