The Laboratoire de
Glaciologie of the Faculty of Sciences of the Université
Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is a research
unit focused on the study of glaciers and ice
sheets and their relation within the climate system.
The GEMICE group
(Geophysics and Modelling of Ice) is specialized
in the development of numerical ice sheet models,
applied to specific glaciological problems, such
as grounding lines, ice streams, ice sheet/ice shelf
transitions, subglacial lake interconnection, subglacial
polythermal conditions etc. Validation of these models is
currently done using overland and airborne
geophysics, such as radio-echo sounding. Field work
is concentrated on polythermal glaciers and Antarctic.
The PROPICE (Properties of
ice) group focuses on physico-chemical properties of
"interface ice", such as ice-bedrock,
ice-ocean or ice-atmosphere. This expertise is based
on polar field expeditions (Arctic and Antarctic)
and on the development of analytical techniques for
the multi-parametric study of ice rich in solid or liquid
impurities: texture and fabric, stable oxygen and
hydrogen isotopes, total gas content and gas composition,
bulk salinity, chemistry, etc.
The main objective of the
Laboratoire de Glaciologie is a better understanding of
initial and boundary conditions of large ice masses
(continental or marine), together with a
comprehensive approach of the processes governing
their interactions with the climate, more specifically in
the framework ofthe potential impact of mankind on future
climate at a global scale. It has been involved in EU
Framework projects FP5, FP6 and FP7.
The Laboratoire de
Glaciology counts two academics who are responsible for
teaching physical geography, glaciology and (palaeo-)
climatology courses in the Bachelor of Geographical
Sciences and the Master of Management and Science of the
Environment of the ULB.