Ice Sheets and Glaciers in the Climate System
The course provides a basic introduction to the dynamics of glaciers and ice sheets with a focus on ice-climate interactions.
The next course will be held on: 10-21 September 2013, Karthaus, Italy.
More information can be found HERE.
Ice & Climate on the IMAU server
The Ice_Climate folder on the IMAU server contains information on: documents pertaining security and procedures for field work, data of field experiments, recent Argos data of AWS and GPS, photos of fieldwork and more.
Land ice plays an important role in the earth climate system. Through its albedo, ice masses affect the global energy budget directly, while the interaction between atmosphere and glacier surfaces determines the local climate to a high degree. A warmer greenhouse climate might lead to enhanced melting of glaciers and ice caps, and changes in the dynamics of glaciers, causing changes in ocean circulation and sea level. Furthermore, the large ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica contain the most accurate proxy records of climate and atmospheric composition currently available. Drilling deep ice cores can retrieve this information. A proper interpretation of these records requires a good understanding of the exchange processes between atmosphere and ice/snow surfaces and the dynamics of glaciers and ice sheets.