The aim of this project at the University of Southampton, is to develop technology to monitor glacier behaviour using sensor networks. In doing this we are contributing to fundamental research in glaciology and wireless sensor networks. The current funding from Leverhulme is to work on “ice quakes” and funding from National Geographic to help with the expedition and public understanding of science (see Glacier Explorer)
Custom sensor probes are placed in, on and under glaciers and data collected from them by a base station on the surface. Measurements include temperature, pressure, stress, weather and subglacial movement. The information gathered is important in understanding the dynamics of glaciers as well as global warming and the project has produced useful new data.
The project has deployed on two glaciers; one in Norway, and one in Iceland (current research), the probes have also been trialed in Tijuana to monitor landslides. The rapid breakup of the glacier which prompted the move from Norway to Iceland led to a BBC News article. Also see our Frequently Asked Questions page, our blog, and the details of the latest fieldtrip.
If you would like to become involved in this research there is the possibility of a studentship.