Use Google Earth Engine to explore and analyze recent changes in an unusual system of interlocking glaciers in Eastern Greenland: the Glacier de France system.
In this project, you will explore recent changes in an unusual system of interlocking glaciers in Eastern Greenland: the Glacier de France system. Here, ice strangely flows through glacier "intersections" on its way to the sea, and the paths of ice flow have shifted over the past decades. You will use Google Earth Engine to analyze satellite photos of this glacier system since 1980 and identify changes in ice flow direction. You will next have the option to use a computer-based glacier model to investigate possible causes of the changes you identified. The results of your work will help scientists and society forecast global sea-level rise from climate change, and better understand how glaciers flow.
This project will culminate in a written scientific report that may be submitted for publication to a peer-reviewed scientific journal. It can also culminate in a research poster presentation at a scientific conference.
|Length of commitment||About a semester (3-5 months)|
|Level of collaboration||Individual student project|
|Benefits||Academic credit, work study|
|Who is eligible||Students who have taken GLY101, 102 or 103|
If you are planning to use this project to satisfy program requirements for your academic major or minor, it is your responsibility to obtain approval from your academic department prior to beginning the project.
Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase.