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The Antarctic_Ice_Sheet_cci project team comprises 10 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).
  • Earth Observation Science Team - led by Technische Universität Dresden (TUDr) and Prof. Martin Horwath.
  • Systems Engineering Team - led by S[&]T in collaboration with ENVEO.
  • Climate Research Group - led by Prof. David Vaughan of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

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.

TUM (Technische Universität München) IAPG (Institute of Astronomical and Physical Geodesy) is strongly involved in satellite gravity missions, having a leading role in both the GRACE and GOCE missions. TUM contributes to operational processing of ESA satellite gravimetry data. TUM is strongly involved in both gravity field modelling from satellite and terrestrial data and mass transport processes.

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

BAS (British Antarctic Survey) is through Prof. David Vaughan leading the Climate Research Group. BAS is one of the world's leading environmental research centres andis responsible for the UK's national scientific activities in Antarctica. Ongoing programmes within BAS examine the role of ice sheets in the Earth System, and the processes that control ice-sheet change.

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.

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.


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. David Vaughan. Prof. Vaughan is Director of Science for the British Antarctic Survey, and until recently, the Programme Coordinator for the EU Framework-7 programme ice2sea and Coordinating Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Reports (2007 and 2013)

The following internationally well-renowned experts make up the rest of the CRG team:
  • Prof. Dr. Michiel van den Broeke, a professor of Polar Meteorology at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, with almost 25 years of experience in polar climate research, in both hemispheres.
  • Dr. Hartmut Hellmer (HHH), a physical oceanographer since 1984, now a Principal Investigator at AWI. HHH has organized and participated in numerous Antarctic field experiments as chief scientist.
  • Dr. Anne Le Brocq, a Lecturer in Geography at the University of Exeter, has a broad research interests covering different aspects of Antarctic research: validating ice sheet models of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, carrying out geophysical ice stream measurements, representation of subglacial hydrology in ice sheet models.
  • DrErnst J.O. Schrama, associate professor within the section Astrodynamics and Space Mission (A&S) at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the TU Delft in the Netherlands. Recent activities concern the interpretation of Greenland's mass balance with NASA's GRACE mission.

 Other CRG members on Greenland_Ice_Sheet_cci: 

  • Dr. Signe Bech Andersen (GEUS), head of the Department of Glaciology and Climate at GEUS. She has been working with atmospheric processes, remote sensing and glaciology since 1994 and headed the programme for monitoring the Greenland ice sheet (PROMICE) 2012-2016.
  • Prof. Dr. Jon-Ove Hagen (UiO), lead of the major Nordic cryosphere project on Stability and Variation of changes of Arctic Land Ice, SVALI; with long experience in numerous international projects and formal organizations in polar research.
  • Dr. Gudfinna Adelsteinsdottir (DMI), an internationally recognized couple ice-climate modeller of the ice sheets, with extensive earlier post-doc experience from both US and Europe.

It is planned that the CRG will attend the annual co-location working periods as well as presenting their Climate Assessment at the annual review meetings.