Seasonal Arctic summer ice extent still hard to forecast.

A new study lead by Prof Julienne Stroeve says year-to-year forecasts of the Arctic’s summer ice extent are not yet reliable.

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Student Views

Laura Carmody - PhD in Volcanology and Geochemistry, Earth Sciences

Laura Carmody

"When it came to choosing a university to study for my PhD I knew I had made the right choice with UCL. The Earth Science department here at UCL provides an excellent atmosphere for research and innovation, undertaking cutting edge research in numerous fields. A friendly environment is well established throughout the department and I felt at home from day one, in a place where the enthusiasm for research is evident. All members of the department are keen to discuss ideas not only with their peers but also with those outside of their fields resulting in a continual development of ideas. This communication also extends beyond the department of Earth Sciences with collaborations with Geography and Physics within UCL as well as with Earth Science departments at other universities in the UK and in Europe.

My research at UCL, funded by NERC, looks at the only active carbonatite volcano Oldoinyo Lengai, Tanzania. My interests lie in understanding how such a remarkable feature came to occur by understanding the processes in the underlying mantle, along with the role of this volcano in the global carbon cycle. One perk of this research is of course the field work involved with an expedition to Tanzania for observation of the summit crater of Lengai and sample collection from the volcano and the East African Rift. My work at UCL has also taken me to Mount Etna, Sicily and Grimsvötn volcano, Iceland. All of these experiences have been truly amazing.

There are plenty of opportunities as a student here to grow both intellectually and as a person. The department supports the undertaking of courses which improve team building and communication skills as well as the skills required to complete your work to the highest standard. Even with this work ethic the department still has a community feel to it with numerous social events to attend."

Rosemary Willatt - PhD in Remote Sensing of Sea Ice, Earth Sciences

Rosemary Willatt

"UCL generates world-leading research and I was keen to join a group such as the NCEO Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling because the staff and students were engaged in collaborations outside the UK. 

When interviewed by my supervisor his enthusiasm showed that this would be a good place to study for a PhD. I look at sea ice, a key indicator of climate change and have learned a great deal about the scientific, but also social and political aspects. 

I have also had opportunities to undertake fieldwork in the Arctic and Antarctic which allowed me to understand the polar environment and data collection methods, as well as providing an opportunity to develop my organisational and team-working skills."

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