Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI)
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The Scott Polar Research Institute is the oldest international centre for polar research within a university and is acknowledged as the world's premier polar information centre. It combines active research with world-renowned library, museum, archival and photographic collections, covering all aspects of the Arctic and Antarctic, including polar history, science and technology, economics and politics, law, medicine, tourism, humanities and art.
The Institute has research groups investigating a range of issues in both the environmental sciences and social sciences of relevance to the polar regions:
- Glaciology and Climate Change Group
- Glacimarine Environments Group
- Polar Landscape and Remote Sensing Group
- Polar Social Science and Humanities Group
In addition, the Institute is part of the NERC Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling.
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Increased summer ice velocities on the Greenland ice sheet are driven by meltwater input to the subglacial environment. However, spatial patterns of surface input and partitioning of meltwater between different pathways ...
Antarctic subglacial groundwater: a concept paper on its measurement and potential influence on ice flow Is groundwater abundant in Antarctica and does it modulate ice flow? Answering this question matters because ice streams flow by gliding over a wet substrate of till. Water fed to ice-stream beds thus influences ice-sheet ...
Characterizing near-surface firn using the scattered signal component of the glacier surface return from airborne radio-echo sounding (Wiley, 2017-01-19)We derive the scattered component (hereafter referred to as the incoherent component) of glacier surface echoes from airborne radio-echo sounding measurements over Devon Ice Cap, Arctic Canada, and compare the scattering ...