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Aotearoa New Zealand Ross Ice Shelf Programme featured at the XXXIV SCAR conference

Wednesday 17 August 2016 3:52pm

Prof Christina Hulbe, Dean of the National School of Surveying at the University of Otago has been invited to give the Weyprecht Lecture at the upcoming SCAR conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She will be speaking about the multi-institutional, interdisciplinary Aotearoa New Zealand Ross Ice Shelf Programme that investigates rate-determining processes associated with deglaciation in the Ross Sea, working across scales in space and time and visiting sites where critical observations can be made.

The project aims to make the observations and analyses that matter most to understanding the processes that determine how the Ross Ice Shelf will respond to future warming of the ocean and atmosphere. It involves field work at two sites on the ice shelf where interdisciplinary teams use

  • active seismic methods to image the sea floor and layers of sediments.
  • radar imaging, snow sampling, and weather observations to study snow accumulation and snow processes
  • deep sounding radar to study interaction between basal ice and the underlying ocean and ice mechanics.
  • drill through the ice to observe ice/ocean interface directly, measure ocean properties, and sample sediments on the sea floor.


  • Title: The Ross Ice Shelf: 190 years (or more) of exploration
  • When: 8:30 – 9:00am, Monday 22 August 2016
  • Where: XXXIV SCAR Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Find out more about the 2015 campaign on instagram.

 Ross ice shelf team 2015