Ice Sheets and Glaciers are very important elements of the Earth System. How the large ice sheets will respond to climate change is one of big unknowns when projecting future sea level rise. Will the ice sheets just slowly reduce in size and bring about slow changes in global sea level, or are there processes at play that may lead to a much more rapid disintegration? PSC researchers are monitoring ice sheet dynamics using Satellite RADAR and LIDAR sensors and are building models to better understand the processes that drive the variations in glacier speed.
Is there life beneath the 3000 m thick ice sheets? We don’t know yet, but PSC researchers have launched a project to examine whether life exists under those ice sheets. Such studies may fundamentally reveal new insights about the mechanisms that sustain life at low temperatures.