Using satellite data of the polar ice caps allows CIRES to map these regions in new ways, and study the effects of climate change in Antarctica. This data has witnessed the collapse of ice shelf areas and glacier acceleration in the Antarctic Peninsula, ice streams of the Ross Ice Shelf, and wind-snow interactions on the East Antarctic Plateau. A recent study used satellite thermal data to identify the coldest locations in Antarctica, and the processes that set their minimum winter temperatures.
In this presentation, Dr. Scambos will recount experiences from his expeditions to Antarctica from unique large dune features in the center of East Antarctica (“megadunes”) to icebergs off the shore of the Antarctic Peninsula, and his work on developing instrumentation to try to better monitor and understand Antarctic climate and ocean circulation in areas of major change
Senior Research Scientist, Earth Science and Observation Center, CIRES, University of Colorado BoulderNo slides available
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