Glaciology (Prof. Farinotti)
Glacier erosion is key in the development of mountain landscapes such as the Alps. The eroded bedrock is transported from underneath the glacier by meltwater. This study looks at the sediment evacuation rates from Fieschergletscher and how they evolve as the glacier retreats.
- Glaciology, Other
- Master Thesis
So far, the quest for finding old ice on the Antarctic ice sheet has mostly relied on vertical deep drilling efforts. However, in some of the ice sheet’s blue ice areas, old ice directly appears at the surface. Will you help us identifying where to find the world’s oldest surface ice?
Jakobshavn Isbrae is the fastest flowing ice stream on Earth and drains a substantial fraction of the Greenland ice sheet. What makes it flow so fast and how its dynamics will be impacted by the ongoing climate change is far from clear. The aim of this thesis is to model the subglacial drainage system below Jakobshavn, which sets the lower boundary condition for its ice dynamics, and investigate whether this could be a root-cause for its fast flow.
- Fluid Physics, Glaciology
- ETH Organization's Labels (ETHZ), Master Thesis
In September 2021 part of the glacier tongue of Rhonegletscher that was remaining subaquatic in the proglacial lake suddenly floated. Such rare events are not well understood and buoyancy consideration of the uplifted ice mass could give more insights.