Modelling Ice-shelf Melting and ice-Ocean Processes via the phase-field method and direct numerical simulation


PI: L-A Couston

Collaborators: Eric Hester (USyd), Benjamin Favier (IRPHE), John Taylor (DAMTP), Adrian Jenkins (Northumbria), Paul Holland (BAS)

Overarching Question: How quickly do ice blocks melt in lakes and oceans?


  1. Spontaneous generation of roughness and topography at the water/ice interface
  2. Influence of boundary roughness and topography on ice melting in lakes and oceans

Subglacial Lake Dynamics


PI: L-A Couston

Collaborators: Martin Siegert (Imperial College)

Overarching Question: Are hydrodynamic conditions conducive to life in Antarctic subglacial lakes?


  1. Stability of subglacial lakes against geothermal heating
  2. Intensity of fluid motions in subglacial lakes unstable to geothermal heating