project . 2010 - 2013 . Closed

Multi-scale modelling of the ocean beneath ice shelves

UK Research and Innovation
  • Funder: UK Research and InnovationProject code: NE/G018391/1
  • Funded under: NERC Funder Contribution: 353,574 GBP
  • Status: Closed
  • Start Date
    04 Jul 2010
    End Date
    04 Jan 2013
Description
Quantitative prediction of future sea level is currently impossible because we lack an understanding of how the mass balance of the Earth's great ice sheets can be affected by climate change. Chief among the uncertainties are how changes in ocean circulation and/or temperature will influence the thickness and extent of the ice shelves and how the outflow from the ice sheet will change in response. Observations of the ocean under ice shelves are very sparse and difficult to obtain. Hence, numerical modelling has been used to provide insight into the structure and dynamics of the ocean flow in ice shelf cavities, as well as their influence on the larger scale. How...
Description
Quantitative prediction of future sea level is currently impossible because we lack an understanding of how the mass balance of the Earth's great ice sheets can be affected by climate change. Chief among the uncertainties are how changes in ocean circulation and/or temperature will influence the thickness and extent of the ice shelves and how the outflow from the ice sheet will change in response. Observations of the ocean under ice shelves are very sparse and difficult to obtain. Hence, numerical modelling has been used to provide insight into the structure and dynamics of the ocean flow in ice shelf cavities, as well as their influence on the larger scale. How...
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