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March 6, 2014

KU researcher receives National Science Foundation grant to study Antarctic glaciers

A researcher at the University of Kansas has been awarded a grant of about $114,000 from the National Science Foundation to aid studies of how glaciers in Antarctica might contribute to sea-level rise in different climates.

A researcher at the University of Kansas has been awarded a grant of about $114,000 from the National Science Foundation to aid studies of how glaciers in Antarctica might contribute to sea-level rise in different climates.

Leigh Stearns, an assistant professor of geology, has traveled to the continent nearly 15 times in the last 15 years, according to a prepared statement from the university announcing the grant.

To learn how glaciers behave, given varying climate temperatures and other forces, she developed mathematical model – an “interactive numerical flowline model,” to outline glacial movement and behavior, the statement said.

The grant will allow Stearns to help teach more researchers studying ice-sheet dynamics, the KU statement said.

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