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We take an interdisciplinary approach to study the behavior, evolution, and stability of ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice and their role in the earth system.

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Understanding Ice News


Research Groups

Our research covers the cycling of carbon and other materials within marine ecosystems and there exchange with the atmosphere. We combine lab studies and field work with satellite remote sensing data. We simulate effects of iron fertilization, global change and ozone depletion.

Sun shining into ocean water

The research group studies global environmental change with a focus on air-sea interactions, tropical marine ecosystems, polar climate, and biogeochemistry. We specialize in high resolution studies of climatic and oceanic variability.

Our group investigates the Earth and solar system using remote radar imaging, Earth exploration from space, satellite remote sensing, planetary science, digital signal processing for geoscience applications, and EM scattering and propagation.

The Stanford Radio Glaciology research group focuses on the subglacial and englacial conditions of rapidly changing ice sheets and the use of ice penetrating radar to study them and their potential contribution to the rate of sea level rise.

The SImulations of Geophysical Multi-phAse flows (SIGMA) group uses computational methods to create predictive capabilities of complex multi-phase flows that are fundamental to Earth science. We explore the microscopic to the planetary, including volcanoes, glaciers and magma oceans.