Investigating physical processes at ice-stream beds: integrating modern and palaeo-ice stream records

Dataset description

Ice streams are responsible for most of the drainage from modern ice sheets and they exerted a similar influence on past ice sheets. Understanding the controls on ice streams is critical in any attempt to assess the possibility of future collapse of the large polar ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland. To date, most investigations have focused on either modern ice streams or former (palaeo-) ice streams and there has been little attempt to integrate these datasets and approaches. There are considerable differences between the findings of both approaches and, as a result, our understanding of ice streams is incomplete and often generalised. The research proposed here will be the first integrated study of modern and palaeo-ice stream records and will utilise a range of techniques to investigate what controls the location and cessation of ice streams and what causes their rapid motion.

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Environmental Science Centre, Nicker Hill, Keyworth
NG12 5GG

Tel : +44 (0)115 936 3143
Fax :+44 (0)115 936 3276


Dataset details

Author(s) O'Cofaigh, Professor C
Principal Investigator(s) O'Cofaigh, Professor C
University of Durham
Language English
Curator British Geological Survey
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Start of capture {ts '2004-11-01 00:00:00'} After 1st November 2004
End of capture {ts '2018-10-18 08:26:47'} Not known
Contact details
Department Enquiries
Organisation British Geological Survey
Address Environmental Science Centre, Nicker Hill, Keyworth
City Nottingham
County Nottinghamshire
Country United Kingdom
Postcode NG12 5GG
Telephone +44 (0)115 936 3143
Fax +44 (0)115 936 3276
Topic category code (ISO) geoscientificInformation (information pertaining to earth sciences)
Keyword source BGS Keyphrases
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Metadata language English
Metadata last updated 20th May 2009
Metadata standard compliance NERC profile of ISO19115:2003
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