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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(Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, 2008-05-06)Glaciated fjords are dynamic sedimentary environments with high deposition rates, thus providing high-resolution sedimentary records of deglaciation. This thesis introduces two numerical models, SedBerg and SedPlume, ...
(Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, 2014-09-29)Temporal variability in the partitioning of mass loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet suggests a complex response to recent climatic change. The contribution to sea level rise from tidewater glaciers is also spatially variable ...
(Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, 2015-09-29)Penguins, high trophic-level predators almost exclusively confined to the Southern Ocean, are believed to be particularly susceptible to the unprecedented climatic changes that are currently being experienced in the ...
(2018-10-20)Supraglacial lakes in the ablation zone of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) often drain rapidly (in hours to days) by hydraulically-driven fracture (“hydrofracture”) in the summer. Hydrofracture can deliver large meltwater ...