Department of Physics

Sea Ice Home


Sea ice is a critical part of Earth's climate system. Sea ice physics is a relatively new discipline, and there are many important questions that are still unanswered, such as: why is Antarctic sea ice extent not decreasing like Arctic sea ice? What can sea ice tell us about the health of ice shelves? The sea ice group at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, helps answer these questions through studying sea ice growth and decay processes, as well as the properties of sea ice. We are involved in experimental and theoretical research, with fieldwork mainly in McMurdo Sound, Ross Sea, Antarctica. We also perform laboratory experiments and computer modelling. We welcome enquiries from prospective PhD or MSc students at any time. For further information please contact Pat Langhorne or Inga Smith.