“The research provides key knowledge for improving our understanding of climate fluctuations in the polar regions,” says Arjen Stroeven, Professor in the Department of Physical Geography at Stockholm University and research leader for MAGIC-DML.

By collecting samples and determining the ages of rock masses at varying heights, the researchers hope to improve the scientific modelling of the surface ice’s changes. With the help of these models, they can ascertain how climate changes affect the ice sheets, both in the past and the future.

Short film where Jennifer Newall from Stockholm University and Purdue University talks about the expedition

The Swedish Antarctic Research Programme (SWEDARP) kicked off its 2016/17 Antarctic season on 15 December. This season’s expedition has two purposes: maintenance work at the Wasa research station and an investigation of the Antarctic mountains to understand how climate variations affect the ice cover. The research team will arrive at Wasa on 10 January and the work in Queen Maud Land begins 18 February.

Members of the research group doing field work during the expedition:

Jennifer Newall, Purdue University, USA, and Stockholm University
Ola Fredin, Geological Survey of Norway (NGU)
Neil Glasser, Aberystwyth University, UK
Nathaniel Lifton, Purdue University, USA

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