Ice Island Research

Ice Island Research

Video Credit: Graham Clark


Anna Crawford and Graham Clark, PhD Candidates in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, recently returned from the eastern Canadian Arctic where they successfully installed two data collection systems on an ice island (large, tabular iceberg) off the coast of Baffin Island.

An ice penetrating radar system (left side of field site) is now collecting ice thickness measurements, while the weather station (right side) is recording meteorological conditions as well as the melt of the ice surface. This will be the highest temporal resolution ice island mass balance data-set yet recorded. The data will contribute to Anna’s graduate research into the deterioration of ice islands, which are hazards to offshore industry and have been observed frequently in the region since 2008.

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