Frozen Planet, BBCs new landmark natural history seven part TV series on the frozen wildernesses of the Arctic and Antarctic, has just finished showing in the UK. The last episode includes some spectacular location footage of the research project I’m involved in. This includes watching my boss, Alun Hubbard, abseil down a moulin into the depths of the Greenland Ice Sheet (see here).
The footage covers the drainage of a meltwater lake as it gushes down glacier incising channels into the ice before descending down a moulin (vertical shaft) through a kilometer of ice to the bed. My own involvement in the research project is to model the effects this water has on the flow of the overlying ice. Check out our new website to learn more:
My contribution can be found in the Modelling section of this link: http://www.aber.ac.uk/greenland/Russell.html