Planetary Science

The  frontiers of Cryospheric research are in outer space.  The presence of ice on other planets or space may yield new, fundamental insights into the development of the solar system and may also yield invaluable clues about the past and future of the Earth’s climate.  PSC is involved in planetary cryospheric research studying the ice caps of Mars and the frozen oceans of Jupiter’s moon Europa.

Selected Publications

  • Koutnik, M.R., E.D. Waddington, and D.P. Winebrenner,’ A method to infer past surface mass balance and topography from internal layers in martian polar layered deposits’, Icarus, 204, 458-470, 2009.


The Polar Science Center is a group of dedicated investigators conducting interdisciplinary research on the oceanography, climatology, meteorology, biology and ecology of the ice-covered regions on Earth and elsewhere in the solar system. Learn more »