Rising global sea levels threaten coastal communities and infrastructures around the world. They are expected to continue to rise over the next century in the face of continued global warming melting the polar ice sheets and ice caps, but the rate at which they will rise cannot be predicted with high confidence due to a limited understanding of the complex interaction between changes to climate and ocean with the polar ice masses.

FIORD is a new initiative, integrated through SAGES, that aims to pool Scotland’s extensive research base in glaciology and oceanography in order to improve our understanding of the process interactions between the atmosphere, the ocean, and the polar ice masses. Our members lead research in ice-ocean interactions in Greenland and Antarctica, and also in Svalbard.

FIORD News

April 2018

FIORD is pleased to welcome Dr Joe Todd (University of St Andrews) and Miss Rachel Oien (University of Aberdeen) onto its Convenor Group, fulfilling our objective to widen representation across the Early Career Community in SAGES.

FIORD would like to thanks all of its members for representing the exciting breadth of SAGES’ ice-ocean research at this year’s European Geosciences Union in Vienna.

March 2018

Congratulations to both Dr Damon Davies and Dr Penelope How for successfully defending their PhD theses this month.

Damon’s thesis, “The nature and dynamics of ice-stream beds: assessing their role in ice-sheet stability”, involved two austral field seasons of data collection on West Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier and has already generated first author publications in Journal of Geophysical Research and The Cryosphere. Good luck Damon in your new position in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe).

Penny’s thesis, “Dynamical change at tidewater glaciers examined using time-lapse photogrammetry”, involved multiple expeditions to Svalbard and has already generated a first author paper in The Cryosphere with further excellent publications pending. Good luck Penny in your new role at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI).

February 2018

FIORD is hosting a dedicated session on Ice-ocean interactions: past, present and future at the 2018 European Geosciences Union in Vienna, on Tuesday 10 April. This includes oral presentations from FIORD members, Noel Gourmelen and Frazer Christie on Antarctic ice-oceans interactions, and Alexis Moyer and Neil Fraser on Greenland ice-ocean interactions. It also includes posters from FIORD scientists Charlie Bunce, Tom Cowton, Ben Davison, Kyrah McKenzie and Joe Todd.

Across the same week, FIORD members Doug Benn, Rosie Bisset, Lars Boehme, Stuart Cunningham, Richard Delf, Derek Fabel, Neil Fraser, Monika Mendelova, Rachel Oien, Brice Rea, Matteo Spagnolo and Josh Williams will also present research from locations ranging from the subpolar to polar.

January 2018

Congratulations to “Dr” Neil Frazer for a successful defence of his PhD thesis on ‘Mechanisms for Wintertime Fjord-Shelf Heat Exchange in Greenland and Svalbard’. This thesis has already generated first author publications in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans and Polar Research. Well done Neil and good luck with your new Postdoctoral position at SAMS.

FIORD Organisation

FIORD is a SAGES Forum, a strategic grouping of research strength across the Scottish geosciences community. At any time it has a Convenor and Representative Group, with representation across institutions and career stages. The current composition is as follows;

Dr Robert Bingham - University of Edinburgh

Dr Robert Bingham - University of Edinburgh

Convenor

Rob is a glaciologist whose principal research in Antarctica addresses the causes and pace of polar ice-sheet change, and the contributions of polar ice sheets to global sea levels.

Professor Finlo Cottier - SAMS

Professor Finlo Cottier - SAMS

Representative Group

Finlo is a physical oceanographer whose interdisciplinary research links high latitude physical oceanographic process with diverse ecological responses.

 

Dr Tom Cowton - University of St Andrews

Dr Tom Cowton - University of St Andrews

Representative Group

Tom is a glaciologist whose research to date has focussed primarily on the Greenland Ice Sheet, and in particular on the processes that control and complicate its response to climate change.

 

Rachel Oien - University of Aberdeen

Rachel Oien - University of Aberdeen

Representative Group

Rachel is a PhD student who primarily focuses on palaeoclimates and glaciology. She investigates climate forcings in alpine environments including Scandinavian Mountains and the Transantarctic Mountains.

 

Dr Joe Todd - University of Aberdeen

Dr Joe Todd - University of Aberdeen

Representative Group

Joe is a glaciologist whose research primarily involves developing models of iceberg calving and applying them to Greenlandic glaciers.

Dr Brice Rea - University of Aberdeen

Dr Brice Rea - University of Aberdeen

Representative Group

Brice is an interdisciplinary researcher whose principal research across the North Atlantic high latitudes explores ice-ocean interactions and glacial geomorphology and sedimentology.