Lead Academic – Andrew Sole (Sheffield)
David Rippin (York)
Duncan Quincey (Leeds)
The contribution of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) to future sea-level rise is uncertain (IPCC, 2013).
To tackle this problem a collaborative approach is required. Our established and early-career experts will conduct a pilot study, which aims to identify and quantify the influence of ice surface and bed roughness on surface and subglacial meltwater routing and GrIS ice-flow dynamics. We will focus on two regions of the GrIS that are characterised by different bed roughnesses (identified from Rippin, 2013).
This project will identify detailed spatial patterns between surface and subglacial drainage, surface and bed roughness, and ice flow. It will further understanding of processes linking ice melt and flow dynamics. It will inform a NERC research proposal (January 2016) to investigate these patterns using numerical models and further data acquisition with the eventual aim of incorporating our findings into predictive models of GrIS evolution
Other academics involved with this project
Dr Stephen Livingstone (Sheffield, Vice Chancellor Research Fellow)
Dr Jon Hill (York, Lecturer)
Dr Malcolm McMillan (Leeds, Research Fellow)
1. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), (2013), 5th Assessment Report.
2. Rippin, D. (2013), Journal of Glaciology, 59, 724-732.
3. Morlighem, M. et al., (2011), Geophysical Research Letters, 38, DOI: 10.1029/2011GL048659
4. Morlighem, M. et al., (2013), Journal of Glaciology, 59, 1015-1023.