Investigating the impact of marine ice on ice shelf stability

Closing Date

29th October 2021

The Research Project

The floating ice shelves around Antarctica play a critical role in its contribution to sea level rise, by restraining the flow of ice from the continent towards the ocean. These ice shelves often consist of a conglomeration of different materials, including meteoric ice, refrozen seawater (marine ice), and recent compacted snowfall. The structure of an ice shelf, and the properties of these different materials, can substantially affect its strength and future stability.

This PhD will use a range of methods including laboratory studies of ice samples, airborne geophysics data, and satellite remote sensing, to characterize the material properties and internal structure of an East Antarctic ice shelf, and to determine their implications for ice shelf stability.


Essential Skills:

  • Bachelor of Science with Honours (first class or equivalent)
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Good scientific communication skills

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience in using GIS and/or processing remote sensing data
  • Experience in working with geophysical data sets
  • An understanding of glaciology and ice dynamics

Please check the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the supervisor, Dr Sue Cook.

Information and guidance on the application process can be found here.

To submit an application for this project, click here.