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Glaciology- ESS Research Group

Glaciology is the study of ice in the environment. Important components are seasonal snow, sea ice, glaciers, ice sheets and frozen ground. Ice in all its forms plays a prominent role in climate and environmental change. Our faculty and students investigate the flow, temperature, and internal stratigraphy of glaciers, slow-moving ice domes and fast-moving ice streams in polar ice sheets; ice-core paleoclimate records; dynamics and thermodynamics of sea ice; interaction of snow and ice with solar, infrared and radar waves; and interactions of Earth's ice cover with the atmosphere, the ocean, and the solid Earth.