The primary interest of our research group is to understand the interaction between ice and climate, in particular, to determine how the ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland will respond to climate change in the coming century and how they will affect global sea level and regional sea level.
Glaciology mixes a variety of scientific and engineering disciplines. Our research combines satellite remote sensing techniques (imaging radar interferometry, laser altimetry, optical imagery) airborne geophysical surveys (gravity, radar depth sounder), shipborne surveys (multi beam echo sounding, conductivity temperature depth (CTD) profiles, robotic devices), and field surveys (ground penetrating radars, ground portable radar interferometer, GPS) and numerical modeling (ice sheet models ISSM, and ocean models MITgcm).
Our research group varies in size around about 10 members at UCI and 8 members at JPL. We have permanent researchers, project scientists, postdocs, and graduate students sharing their research experience and bringing their strengths together, along with other groups in the department and beyond. Check out the opportunities to join our team. We are active on social medias and are connecting our science with civil engineers and social ecologists, among others so that our science feeds directly into adaptation and mitigation strategies. This work is about the causes and effects of climate change on ice sheets, but also connects with solutions to climate change.
Rapid changes are taking place in polar and sub-polar regions. At the same time, we are able to observe entire ice sheets at an unprecedented level of spatial detail. This is an exciting time of exploration, discovery, scientific advances, and emerging new science of high societal relevance. In addition, there are many opportunities to connect with amazing, pristine, natural landscapes from airborne, ships and on the ground.