Glacier Calving – Seismology and Remote Sensing

Glacier calving is a large and important component of glacier mass balance, and moreover is crucial for understanding glacier stability and response to a changing climate. Glacier calving is difficult to quantify as each calving event only last some 10s of seconds.

In this project, you will investigate the use of seismology for better quantification of glacier calving in Svalbard. A number of permanent and temporary seismometers are recording data around glaciers in Svalbard (Ny Ålesund, Longyearbyen and Hornsund).

There are 1 potential study directions within this project:

  • Seismology – Work on detection and analysis of individual calving events from passive seismic data, particularly automated detection and formation of a calving event time series over the duration of a year.


Tags: Geomatics, glacier, geophysics, climate, remote sensing
Published Nov. 22, 2016 2:12 PM - Last modified Mar. 1, 2018 3:10 PM


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