|Institution||University of Aberdeen|
School: School of Geosciences
Project: Comparative Glaciology: Reconstructing Glaciers on Earth and Mars to understand landscape evolution with respect to climate change
Undergraduate Education: BSc (Hons) Environmental Science with Hazards and Disasters, Kingston University London
Postgraduate Education: N/A
Research: Mars today is considered by many to be a dead planet. However, it has had similar conditions to Earth in its geologic past. With flowing liquid water, a thick atmosphere, and glacial features. Currently, the processes that led Mars to evolve into the state we find it in today are not fully understood. The study of what remains of Mars’ glaciers, glacial-like forms, is one way in which we might learn more of the story behind the evolution of Mars, as well as potential consequences for the future of Earth, as climate change has already been impacting its glaciers and frozen water reserves in significant ways.
This project will use remote sensing, GIS, and photogrammetry to reconstruct glaciers on both Earth and Mars. Improving on existing techniques by using high spatial resolution images of the Martian surface to reconstruct GLFs on Mars. As the glacial processes on Earth and Mars are similar, reconstructing the former extent of GLFs on Mars will give us insight into how these features have impacted the development of the Martian landscape, and how they’ve interacted with its climate throughout history. This will then enable us to extrapolate back to Earth systems the insights gained from studying Mars. Allowing us to have a greater understanding of the future of Earth’s glaciers.
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