What Are They Doing?
Estimates of the Greenland ice sheet's contribution to sea level rise over the next century range from a few centimeters to over one meter. Differences of a few millimeters per year may be significant in lowlying, populous coastal areas where planning with such a large range of uncertainty has high economic and social costs for governments, communities, and businesses. This study will improve our understanding of how increases in surface runoff will influence ice flow and subsequent loss of water mass from the Greenland ice sheet to the oceans.
Where Are They?
Ilulissat is a coastal town in western Greenland. It's known for the Ilulissat Icefjord and for huge icebergs Disko Bay, shed by the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier.
Dr. Sarah Das is a glaciologist and climate scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Her specific research interests include understanding and measuring polar ice sheet mass balance and ice dynamics; the reconstruction of past climate from ice cores; exploring the interaction between the coupled cryosphere-atmosphere-ocean systems; and investigating biogeochemical processes in polar environments. Since her first trip to Antarctica in 1995, Dr. Das has led or participated in over 20 field expeditions to the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets. In addition to her scientific studies, she is committed to sharing her knowledge of the polar regions and climate change with students and the public through photography, education, and outreach activities.