4D Antarctica

Project Description

The 4DAntarctica project aims to advance the understanding of the Antarctic Ice Sheet’s supra and sub-glacial hydrology, its evolution, and its role within the broader ice sheet and ocean systems. The project addressed the following specific objectives:

  • Creating and consolidating an unprecedented dataset composed of ice-sheet wide hydrology and lithospheric products, Earth Observation datasets, and state of the art ice-sheet and hydrology models
  • Improving our understanding of the physical interaction between electromagnetic radiation, the ice sheet, and liquid water
  • Developing techniques and algorithms to detect surface and basal melting from satellite observations in conjunction with numerical modelling
  • Applying these new techniques at local sites and across the continental ice sheet to monitor water dynamics and derive new hydrology datasets
  • Performing a scientific assessment of Antarctic Ice Sheet hydrology and of its role in the current changes the continent is experiencing
  • Proposing a future roadmap for enhanced observation of Antarctica’s hydrological cycle

Earthwave is project manager of 4DAntarctica, coordinating the consortium of 12 different partners.

Project Details

Project Duration: 2019 – 2022

Project Partners:

  • European Space Agency (ESA)
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Leeds
  • Lancaster University
  • ETH Zürich
  • Institute of Applied Physics “Nello Carrara” (IFAC-CNR)
  • IGE
  • British Antarctic Survey (NERC)
  • DTU Space – Geodynamics
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • Shepherd Space