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Kasia Warburton is a fluid dynamicist investigating the mechanisms setting the flow speed of ice sheets and glaciers. She constructs mathematical models to interrogate how limited quantities of data from Antarctica can nevertheless reveal the processes occurring beneath several kilometres of ice. Her focus is on water transport below glaciers, and the deformation of the wet sediments over which the ice slides. By better understanding these mechanisms on these small scales, we can build more reliable estimates for ice sheet evolution at the largest scale, particularly in response to unprecedented climatic change.
Dissertation: "The Response of Antarctic Ice Streams to Tidal Forcing"