Resolving subglacial properties, hydrological networks and dynamic evolution of ice flow on the Greenland Ice Sheet
The background of the RESPONDER project.
The science behind the project.
The people involved in RESPONDER.
Events the team has contributed to.
RESPONDER is an ERC-funded research project based at the University of Cambridge. It aims to develop an intergrated understanding of the evolution of ice flow on the Greenland ice sheet and the co-evolution of hydrological networks operating at its base. By employing multiple, complementary approaches, ranging from geophysical imaging techniques to direct exploration in kilometer-deep boreholes, the project is collecting an unparalleled stream of observational data from the basal environment which is rarely studied, yet responsible for making Greenland glaciers flow faster than glaciers anywhere else on Earth. Header photo by Timo Lieber (timolieber.com).
News and Blogs
The RESPONDER team has published new findings in the journal Nature Communications. We used a combination of 3D computer modelling and real-world observations to show the previously unknown, yet profound dynamic consequences tied to a growing number of lakes forming on the Greenland ice sheet. Every summer, lakes form on the surface of the Greenland[…]
Flying drones was one of the main scientific activities we undertook in the field season last summer. We were using them to gather data on the calving front and on the ice surface farther inland, with the objective of tracking small changes in surface elevation caused by hydrological variations at the base of the glacier.[…]
Hello! To give you an insight into the fieldwork process, I’ll be publishing a few extracts on here from the diary I wrote whilst on the Summer 2017 fieldwork season. Here’s the first one about our first day at the tundra site and the travails of setting up camp. Samuel Setting Up Camp Today was[…]
We are looking for multiple new team members to join the RESPONDER team in 2018. The first is a research associate in glacier geophysics, who will be responsible for designing and executing experiments with networks of broadband seismometers placed around, and potentially within, boreholes drilled to the base of the Greenland Ice Sheet. The position[…]
RESPONDER PhD student Tom Chudley recently spoke to the Cambridge University science magazine, BlueSci, about the 2017 fieldwork season, drones, and the Uummannaq expedition currently showing at the Polar Museum, Cambridge. You can find the article at the end of the link!
Our research is currently on display at the Polar Museum, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, in the new temporary exhibit: Uummannaq: A Century of Exploration Wednesday 27 September – Friday 22 December 2017 | Monday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm This exhibition shows photographs taken on an expedition of Swiss explorer and meteorologist Alfred de Quervain[…]
The team is back in Uummannaq! Everyone has had a warm shower, the first in a month. This marks the end of the first field season of RESPONDER. The team has worked well and produced an extensive calving record that spans spatial scales, ranging from numerous small calving events, which last only a few minutes,[…]
Tom, Sean, Sam, TJ and Poul have set up a second base camp: this time on Store Glacier itself. They are surveying the terrain that encompasses the FAST FLOW site where we plan to drill boreholes and access the bed next year. It’s colder than usual this year, but there is nevertheless a lot of[…]
RESPONDER fieldwork season one is now up and running! The team of eight in this year’s field programme comprises Sam Doyle, Antonio Abellan, Tun Jan “TJ” Young, Samuel Cook, Tom Chudley, Sean Peters (U. Stanford), Martin Truffer (UAF, Fairbanks) and Poul Christoffersen. The team flew into the field using the Bell 212 helicopter operated by[…]
Hi! We’re the team behind RESPONDER — a European Research Council funded project to investigate changes happening at the base of the Greenland Ice Sheet. We’re a group of academics, postdoctoral researchers, and PhD students based at the University of Cambridge and Aberystwyth University. We’ll be populating this site with more blogs and news in[…]