Department of Geology & Geophysics

Glaciers, Sea-Ice and Permafrost

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Our research group studies a wide range of cryospheric processes, with a particular emphasis on the relation between climate and changes in the cryosphere. We study questions from the modern contributions of glaciers and ice sheets to sea level rise to inferring past climate from ice core records. We study the changing Arctic sea ice  from the micro-scale structure of the ice crystals to the basin-scale dynamic movement of the ice. We study the growth and decay of permafrost and its affect on environmental and engineering problems. We develop methods to physically measure  and mathematically model the cryosphere to understand the physical processes and interactions with the climate system, we observe and monitor changes in the cryosphere, and we predict impacts of cryospheric  change on the local and global environment (e.g. ecosystems, hydrology, carbon cycle, sea level, ocean dynamics) as well as human-related concerns (e.g. infrastructure). We are interested in all aspects of how the cryosphere is affected by global change with respect to climate as well as natural and human induced disturbances.

Faculty in this research are also affiliated with the Geophysical Institute's Snow, Ice, and Permafrost research group. More information on different aspects of cryospheric research can be found throught he links below:

Faculty

Hajo Eicken
Regine Hock
Erin Pettit
Valdimir Romanovsky


Cooperating Faculty

Anthony Arendt
Andy Mahoney
Chris Larsen
Guido Grosse
Sergei Marchenko
Martin Truffer
Roman Motyka