About this research group
The cryosphere (sea ice, ice sheets, glaciers, snow cover, permafrost) impacts, and are impacted by, climate. Short and long-term feedbacks exist between the cryosphere and energy and moisture fluxes, influencing ocean and atmosphere circulation, clouds, precipitation, hydrology and land cover at timescales varying from seasons to millions of years.
What do we know about the role of the cryosphere in the climate system? What do we understand? What are the unknowns? Which crucial questions need to be addressed? What is the nature of crysophere changes? Which mechanisms are at play? What are the risks? What are the local, regional and global impacts and responses to changes, and what are the implications?