22 November 2016:
2015 SCAR Fellow Dr Christine Dow tested subglacial hydrology modelling with specific Antarctic inputs provided by colleagues in Australia. Dr Dow is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Canada and visited Dr Jason Roberts at the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), Hobart, Australia.
Dr Dow aimed to establish the role of basal hydrology in the dynamics of Aurora Subglacial Basin. Her visit involved working with the topographies developed by Dr Roberts at the AAD as well as basal melt rates developed with Dr Felicity Graham from the University of Tasmania. Dr Dow used her background in subglacial hydrology modelling to test the most appropriate combination of these model inputs, and the sensitivities of the model. The results will be presented at the 2016 AGU Fall meeting and a related paper is in preparation.
The SCAR Fellowship Programme is designed to encourage the active involvement of early career scientists and engineers in Antarctic scientific research, and to build new connections and further strengthen international capacity and cooperation in Antarctic research. The work must be carried out in a research group of a SCAR member country different from that of the applicant's origin and current residence.