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6th Form Lecture - Radar investigations of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

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Thursday, November 23, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM (GMT)

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Dr Kate Winter
Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Northumbria University

Glaciologists use ice-penetrating radar to investigate the subsurface properties of ice sheets, ice caps and glaciers. Since the 1960s airborne radio-echo sounding (RES) techniques have been used to determine ice sheet thickness, and to map the subglacial surface, identify subglacial lakes and volcanoes and record internal layers in glacier ice, which reflect past and present mass balance, form and flow.

In this talk, Dr Winter will provide a brief overview of the uses and capabilities of radio-echo sounding, before focussing on how radar investigations have shaped our understanding of the current state and future stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. With reference to her recent visit to Antarctica, this talk promises lots of great photos and an insight into life in the polar regions, as well as the opportunity to appreciate the real-world application of physics in the coolest place on Earth.

 

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EBA102A Ellison Building
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 8ST

Thursday, November 23, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM (GMT)


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