The Cryosphere and Sea Level Rise

We employ an interdisciplinary approach to understand the interactions between ice and climate. We combine observations from remote sensing platforms and field data with numerical modeling to understand the physical processes controlling the response of the ice sheets to climate change, and to reduce the uncertainties of projections of the future contributions of the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets to sea level rise regionally and globally over the coming centuries.

Research Groups
Ice Remote Sensing Group
Faculty
Eric Rignot

Uses satellite remote sensing techniques (imaging radar, laser altimetry, radio echo sounding), airborne geophysical surveys (icebridge), field surveys (radar, GPS, bathymetry, CTD), and numerical modeling

Sea Level and Gravimetry
Faculty
Isabella Velicogna

Employs advanced multi-sensor geophysical techniques, including satellite time-variable gravity (GRACE), to study the mass balance of the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets and glaciers worldwide

Ice Sheet Modeling Group
Faculty
Mathieu Morlighem

Combines modeling techniques and remote sensing to improve our understanding of ice dynamics and how they affect the climate system.

Faculty & Researchers
Eric Rignot
Professor of Earth System Science
Chair of Department of Earth System Science, Sr. Research Scientist, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Radar Science and Engineering
erignot@uci.edu
Isabella Velicogna
Professor of Earth System Science
Senior Scientist of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Earth Science, Adjunct Professor of Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science (CIRES) at University of Colorado, Adjunct Professor of National Institute of Oceanography and Experime
isabella@uci.edu
Mathieu Morlighem
Associate Professor of Earth System Science
mathieu.morlighem@uci.edu

News

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The Department of Earth System Science acknowledges our presence on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Acjachemen and Tongva peoples, who still hold strong cultural, spiritual and physical ties to this region.