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The Antarctic_Ice_Sheet_cci+ project team comprises 8 scientific and industrial partners from UK, Denmark, Norway, Austria and Germany. The team is organised as follows:

  • Project Lead and Scientific Lead - University of Leeds (UL), Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM). The Science Lead is Prof. Andrew Shepherd.
  • Technical Project Management - Science [&] Technology AS (S[&]T).
  • Climate Research Group - led by Prof. Tony Payne of the University of Bristol.

UL (CPOM) is the project leader, responsible for scientific coordination of the project, relations with ESA and communicating about the project to relevant scientific communities. UL has extensive experience with research projects concerning the Antactic ice sheet, and with processing of all relevant data sets. Prof. Andrew Shepherd (UL) is a Professor of Earth Observation at University of Leeds and University College London, the Director of the UK Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling, Cryosphere theme leader within the UK National Centre for Earth Observation, and principle scientific advisor to the CryoSat-2 mission. Dr. Shepherd has over 20 years of experience in the use of Earth Observation data sets, including 15 years of experience in the use of satellite radar altimetry and satellite radar interferometry to study the Polar Regions. He is the leader of numerous field campaigns to calibrate and validate satellite observations, including to the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Furthermore, he is the author of a body of research that is widely reported in the media.

S[&]T is responsible for the Antarctic Ice Sheet cci technical project management. S[&]T is in charge of the project system engineering. This includes coordination of the development of a software framework to host the scientific data processors, database development and data ingestion interface development.

ENVEO is leading the scientific data algorithm development regarding the Ice Velocity (IV) and Grounding Line Location (GLL) parameters. ENVEO’s experience and research activities include development of methods for monitoring polar regions and retrieval of icesheet/shelf parameters from satellite data. ENVEO has been selected as SAR expert user for Sentinel-1 data, and contributes to the preparation for new satellite systems.

DLR IMF (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF)) is participating in the scientific algorithm development for the IV and GLL parameters. They are further involved in the product generation of IV and GLL.

DTU-MRS (Danish Technological University - Microwaves and Remote Sensing Group) has the primary responsibility for the IV processing facility and will contribute to the generation of IV products for the Antarctic ice sheet. DTU-MRS are experts in SAR processing techniques and in processor development. TUDr is through Prof. Martin Horwath leading the Earth Observation Science Team. Research at the TUDr Chair of Geodetic Earth System Research aims at contributing to the understanding and the monitoring of the Earth system by means of geodetic observations and their analysis. The research especially addresses the use of satellite gravimetry (GRACE and GOCE) to determine global mass redistributions, particularly mass changes of ice sheets, and the use of GNSS on the ice sheet surface to determine ice flow and surface elevation changes.

DTU-GDK (DTU Geodynamics Group) will use its extensive experience with gravimetric and radar altimetry satellite data to contribute to the SEC (Surface Elevation Change) algorithm and product development. 

TUDr (Technische Universitat Dresden) is leading the scientific data processor develoment of the Gravimetric Mass Balance (GMB) parameter including the Full Round Robin activity. 

UCL/MSSL (University College London, Mullard Space Science Laboratory) has used techniques of infrared radiometry, synthetic-aperture radar and radar altimetry for polar monitoring since 1981. The group has led or participated in numerous ESA-funded studies into the technical design and applications of satellite radar altimeters. UCL/MSSL has been actively involved in the development of processing algorithms and supporting development of operational software for ground segments.

The Climate Resesarch Group 

 

The Climate Research Group (CRG) has been selected to represent a broad range of expertise and seniority. The CRG will both act as review board for the ECV product deliverables, as project advisory board, and also formally contribute to the climate assessment reports.

The CGR is headed by Prof. Tony Payne, a world leading ice sheet modeller. Prof. Payne is Head of Geography at the University of Bristol, IPCC AR5 Lead Author, IPCC Special Report on 1.5C Lead Author, member of the CMIP6-ISMIP6 Steering Committee, and member of the IMBIE Steering Committee. 

The following internationally well-renowned experts make up the rest of the CRG team:

  • Prof. Peter Nienow, professor of Glaciology in the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh. His research interests primarly concern process glaciology andin particular glacier hydrology, ice dynamics, glacier erosion, snowpack structure, and cryospheric response to climate change.
  • Dr. Amber Leeson, a Lecturer in Glaciology & Environmental Data Science and part fof the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) and Data Science Institute (DSI) at Lancaster University. 
  • Dr. Stephen Cornford, a Lecturer at the University of Swansea with technical expertise in numerical modelling of land ice. He is one of the two leading developers of the BISICLES ice sheet model, which employs time-evolving meshes and parallel computing to deal with the disparate length scales and vast span of continental ice sheets.

It is planned that the CRG will attend the annual CMUG meeting as well as the project's annual reviews. 

Former Members



TUM (Technische Universität München) IAPG (Institute of Astronomical and Physical Geodesy) was strongly involved in both gravity field modelling from satellite and terrestrial data and mass transport processes during CCI Phase2.

BAS (British Antarctic Survey) led (through Prof. David Vaughan) the Climate Research Group during CCI Phase2.