Modeling Tabular Iceberg Evolution

Hosts: Alex Huth, Alistair Adcroft, and Olga Sergienko

Almost half of the mass loss from Antarctic ice shelves can be attributed to the calving, or detachment, of tabular icebergs. These giant icebergs can be over 300 meters thick with surface areas comparable to those of small US states. Large tabular icebergs can drift through the ocean for over a decade before fully decaying from melting and fracture. The icebergs impact ocean circulation, sea-ice formation, bottom-water formation, and nearby biological primary productivity.

The intern will join a research team that is developing particle methods for representing tabular icebergs within climate models. The intern will be involved with efforts to use satellite observations of iceberg drift and decay to calibrate the iceberg model and investigate iceberg fracture processes. The potential candidate should have an interest in glaciology, oceanography, remote sensing, computer science, physics, or math. Experience with programming (for example, Python or MATLAB) and analyzing/processing datasets would be useful.