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.

Recent Publications

2018

Bunce, C., J. R. Carr, P. W. Nienow, N. Ross.: Ice front change of marine-terminating outlet glaciers in northwest and southeast Greenland during the 21st Century. Journal of Glaciology. https://doi.org/10.1017/jog.2018.44. 2018.

Christie, F. D. W., Bingham, R. G., Gourmelen, N., Steig, E. J., Bisset, R. R., Pritchard, H. D., Snow, K., and Tett, S. F. B.: Glacier change along West Antarctica’s Marie Byrd Land Sector and links to inter-decadal atmosphere–ocean variability, The Cryosphere, 12, 2461-2479, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-2461-2018, 2018.

Cowton, T.R., Sole, A.J., Nienow, P.W., Slater, D.A. and Christoffersen, P., 2018. Linear response of east Greenland’s tidewater glaciers to ocean/atmosphere warming. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(31), pp.7907-7912.

Kougkoulos, I., S. J. Cook, L. A. Edwards, L. Clarke, E. Symeonakis, J. M. Dortch, K. Nesbitt.: Modelling glacial lake outburst flood impacts in the Bolivian Andes, Natural Hazards, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-018-3486-6. 2018.

Kougkoulos, I., S. J. Cook, V. Jomelli, L. Clarke, E. Symeonakis, J. M. Dortch, L. A. Edwards, M. Merad. : Use of multi-criteria decision analysis to identify potentially dangerous glacial lakes, Science of The Total Environment, 621, 1453-1466, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.10.083. 2018.

2017

Moyer, A.N., Nienow, P.W., Gourmelen, N., Sole, A.J., and  Slater, D.A. (2017). Estimating Spring Terminus Submarine Melt Rates at a Greenlandic Tidewater Glacier Using Satellite Imagery. frontiers in Earth Science, 5, 107, doi: 10.3389/feart.2017.00107. 2017.

2016

Cook, S. J., Kougkoulos, I., Edwards, L. A., Dortch, J., and Hoffmann, D.: Glacier change and glacial lake outburst flood risk in the Bolivian Andes, The Cryosphere, 10, 2399-2413, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-2399-2016, 2016.

2015

Cook, S. J. and Quincey, D. J.: Estimating the volume of Alpine glacial lakes, Earth Surf. Dynam., 3, 559-575, https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-3-559-2015, 2015.

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).

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 St. Andrews

Dr Joe Todd - University of St. Andrews

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.