MAGIC-DML: Measuring/Mapping/Modeling Antarctic Geomorphology and Ice Change in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2017
End date: 31/12/2020
Funding: 3407000 SEK


Reconstructing and predicting the response of the Antarctic Ice Sheet to climate change is one of the major challenges facing Earth Scientists, and is best approached by integrating field observations with numerical ice sheet models.

Dating of glacial landforms on nunataks (mountains that stick up through the ice sheet) along a 500km-wide sector of Dronning Maud Land (DML) will be used to reconstruct the pattern and timing of maximum ice surface elevations as the basis for improving numerical model reconstructions of ice sheet behavior. Initial ice sheet modeling will drive the selection of the most important field sites for our first field season, and then the field results will be used to constrain new numerical ice sheet model simulations of past ice sheet behavior. These new simulations will then drive the selection of key field sites for our second field season, and the new field results will then be used to dramatically improve the ice sheet model. The final ice sheet model will then be applied to the entire Antarctic Ice Sheet.

MAGIC-DML is an international team project led by Stockholm University with all support for two field seasons in Antarctica provided by the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat. Our diverse team of senior and early career researchers and students will combine traditional dissemination of research results through journal publications and conference presentations with innovative outreach to teachers and children in Sweden and internationally.

Last updated on 2017-05-10 at 11:50