As the ice caps melt, rising sea levels become a stark reality. Now more than ever, it is critical to have accurate data to predict and manage this phenomena. Using remote sensing of glaciers, is helping to track the effects of global warming on the planet. Researchers at UCI are racing against the climate clock in an effort to get a firm grasp of the changing climate.
Earth system science (ESS), graduate student, Romain Millan is one of the UCI researchers who has uncovered large oceanic valleys beneath some of the massive glaciers flowing into the Amundsen Sea in West Antarctica. Carved by earlier advances of ice during colder periods, the subsurface troughs enable warm, salty water to reach the undersides of glaciers, fueling their increasingly rapid retreat.