Week 1: Introduction to measuring the Greenland ice sheet

An introduction to the Greenland ice sheet, the role of ice in the climate system, and how we can monitor an ice sheet.

Course Introduction

Welcome to the course!

Topic 1a - Introducing the Greenland ice sheet

Overview of the location, size, age, formation of the ice sheet. Measurements of the ice over a decade from the ground and from above.

Topic 1c - The challenges of monitoring an ice sheet

Why is it difficult to measure ice sheet dynamics? How do we measure the ice sheet and what methods are used to monitor it?

Topic 1b - The role of the Greenland Ice Sheet in the climate system

What are the impacts and implications of a warming climate on the Greenland ice sheet?

Topic 1d (part 1) - What do we know about Greenland melt? - Recent warming and feedback mechanisms

An overview of ice sheet dynamics, and the interaction between ocean and ice sheet feedback loops part 1.

Topic 1d (part 2) - What do we know about Greenland melt? - ELA and surface mass balance

An overview of ice sheet dynamics, and the interaction between ocean and ice sheet feedback loops part 2.

Topic 1e - The importance of field research and data validation (part 1) - Overview

Looking at field research and data validation of Greenland part 1.

Topic 1e - The importance of field research and data validation (Part 2) - Instrument

Looking at field research and data validation of Greenland part 2.

Week 1 interactive exercise

The interactive exercise for week 1