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EarthSciences Arctic Meeting

Understanding the Arctic.

The Arctic has undergone some of the most rapid transformations over the past 50 years, with global implications for the Earth’s climate. A dramatic indicator of Arctic climate change is the shrinking summer sea ice cover. Recently Arctic sea ice loss has accelerated with the ten lowest minima sea ice extents (SIE) all occurring in the last ten years, and the Arctic is now expected to become ice-free during summer at some point this century.  More...

2016-Campi Flegrei

Drilling into a supervolcano.

The Campi Flegrei volcanic complex, in southern Italy, is showing its first signs of unrest for more than 400 years. The Deep Drilling Project promises exciting new information about the state of the volcano. A team from the UCL Hazard Centre is working with colleagues at the Vesuvius Observatory to discover where and when another eruption can be expected. As team leader Dr Christopher Kilburn explains: “We are studying Campi Flegrei, not only to advance science, but also to protect the 300,000 people living across the volcano.” More...

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Rock & Ice Physics Laboratory



Experimental & theoretical rock physics, ice mechanics & petrologyapplied to planetary dynamics, geohazards, sub-surface reservoirs & ice sheets

The Rock & Ice Physics Laboratory (RIPL) at UCL is a major research facility which forms part of the Earth Sciences Department. RIPL has over 15 members and consists of 11 laboratories, housing over £4M of research equipment., supported by over £2 million of current peer-reviewed funding. The Rock & Ice Physics Laboratory has a unique breadth of experience and ability to design and build its own experimental apparatus.

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We study the physical behaviour of ice and rocks that make up the surface and interior of the Earth, and other solid bodies in the solar system, so as to constrain the dynamic, tectonic and environmental processes of planetary evolution. Our research is nationally unique and multi-disciplinary, being based on experiment and theory.