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January 31, 2014

KU researchers receive grant to study glaciers, ice sheets

Researchers at the University of Kansas who help study glacial ice sheets will get a one year, $200,000 grant to better track conditions within glaciers and at the bottom of ice sheets, officials at the university said in a prepared statement Friday.

Researchers at the University of Kansas who help study glacial ice sheets will get a one year, $200,000 grant to better track conditions within glaciers and at the bottom of ice sheets, officials at the university said in a prepared statement Friday.

Scientists at the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets will get the money from a foundation that works to benefit social progress, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the statement said. Among other things, the project will help develop small, unmanned aerial robots equipped with imaging radar.

The center works to predict future sea level rise based on the effect of climate change on polar ice sheets. KU researchers, among others, have been creating maps of glaciers from surface to bedrock, the KU statement said.

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