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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Coastal meltwater plume detection and its response to melting variations around the Greenland Ice Sheet (University of Cambridge, 2015-10-26)Meltwater runoff is an important component of the mass balance of the Greenland ice sheet and is usually assessed using climate-mass balance models. In-situ measurements of runoff from the outlets are rare, and remote ...
The development and application of IceLake, an accurate and computationally efficient model of supraglacial lake evolution in the ablation zone of the Greenland Ice Sheet (University of Cambridge, 2018-10-24)The supraglacial hydrological system of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) delivers ~60% of total mass loss from the ice sheet to the ocean (van den Broeke et al., 2016), making a thorough understanding crucial for sea level ...
Constraining calving dynamics of marine-terminating glaciers: Developing 4D data of Store Glacier, Greenland, from repeat UAV photography (University of Cambridge, 2018-09-25)In the past few decades several of the Greenland Ice Sheet’s (GISs) marine-terminating outlet glaciers have shown patterns of swift retreat and thinning, but the mechanism of calving, which controls this loss, is still not ...
(University of Cambridge, 2010-10-05)This study investigated the surging Hagafellsjökull outlets of the Langjökull ice cap, Iceland. It utilises digital elevation models from 1986, 1997, 2004 and 2007 in order to assess topographic change. These changes are ...