• Polar Research Group

Sea Ice, Polar Oceanography, and Ice Sheets Research

Sea ice is an important component of the climate system and a prominent agent, and indicator, of climate change. Our group is engaged in research to understand how predictable the sea ice is, and to provide information to policymakers and businesses about how a changed Arctic may affect activities within the region.

The two ice sheets of the modern world, which cover most of Greenland and Antarctica respectively, are both vulnerable to mass loss in a warmer climate, and this makes them the largest potential contributors to sea level rise due to anthropogenic climate change over coming centuries and millennia. 

We use mathematical models, ranging from idealised energy balance models to full Earth System Models, constrained by contemporary and ancient observations, to shed insight into the dynamics of sea ice and ice sheets and the implications of cryospheric changes on global climate.