A science first: measuring glaciers from the sky
With the help of NASA funding, two Ohio State researchers recently returned from a journey measuring the internal temperatures of the Greenland ice sheet. What makes this feat so impressive is for the first time in science they did it from an airplane instead of the ground. The work of Ohio State ElectroScience Laboratory Research Associates Mark Andrews and Domenic Belgiovane provides new options for gathering data to help advance climate science and further understand glacial ice movement around the world.
Project leader Joel Johnson, Professor and Chair of Ohio State’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica play an important role in the global climate. Knowing the temperature of the ice at different depths is central to modeling ice sheet movement behavior.