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Antarctic subglacial hydrology

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Investigations into the subglacial hydrology network beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet have shown that it is a dynamic system which is highly sensitive to small changes in the surface morphology. However, the role of subglacial water in controlling the dynamics of ice flow is not fully understood, and hence a physically realistic numerical model of the Antarctic Ice Sheet does not presently exist. This seminar will describe the nature of Antarctic subglacial hydrology, highlighting the locations which may be highly sensitive to surface changes, and discuss previous and potential modelling efforts which have attempted to link the two dynamic systems.

This talk is part of the Scott Polar Research Institute - Physical Sciences Seminar series.

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