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Otago glaciologist to give prestigious lecture

Wednesday 7 December 2016 2:34pm

Professor Christina Hulbe.

The Dean of Otago’s School of Surveying, Professor Christina Hulbe, has been invited to give the prestigious Nye Lecture at the upcoming Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Fall AGU is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. The Nye Lecture, hosted by the Cryosphere section of AGU, honours contributions to cryospheric science as well as the speaker's ability to present cryospheric science to a diverse audience.

Professor Hulbe has a long record of service to the scientific community, as a Vice President and Council member of the International Glaciological Society, through her long-standing service as the chair of that society's Publications Committee, and in organising a variety of international glaciological and polar symposia.

A key theme of her research is millennial- and shorter-scale history of change in ice shelves and marine ice sheets and the physical processes responsible for those changes.

She is lead principal investigator of the Aotearoa New Zealand Ross Ice Shelf Programme, a major initiative of the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute, with involvement from Otago, Victoria, and Canterbury, GNS Science, NIWA and international partners.

The Ross Ice Shelf Programme aims to connect the geologic record of change in this region with improved knowledge of modern processes, in order to understand how, when, and at what rate, the ice shelf will respond to future climate warming.