University of Gothenburg's AUV Ran in Antarctica
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Developing methods for studies of Antarctic ice shelves with modern infrastructure

Research project
Active research
Project owner
Department of Marine Sciences

Short description

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) is considered the greatest remaining uncertainty for predicting future global sea level rise. But there is a pronounced data gap for these systems – most of the Antarctic ice shelves have never been sampled in situ.

In this project, research about the ocean processes that deliver heat to the WAIS will be developed based on new data sets. An autonomous underwater vehicle with long range and the capability of navigating beneath ice shelves will make formerly impossible observations in two key WAIS ice shelves.

The data sets will be interpreted based on theoretical bounds for heat flux into the ice shelf cavities, developed in parallel.


University of East Anliga

Karen Heywood

University of South Florida

Ali Graham

British Antarctic Survey

Rob Larter

Korea Polar Research Institute

Ho Kyung Ha
Tae Wan Kim
Won Sang Lee

Göteborgs universitet

Adam Ulfsbo

Doctoral student

Li Ling

KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Division of Robotics, Perception and Learning 

Link to Li Ling's personal web page at KTH

Li Ling