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WHO WE ARE
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European Team - PI:  R. Urgeles (CSIC, Barcelona); co-PI: X. Garcia (CSIC)

US Team -  PI:  E. Attias (UTIG); co-PI: R. L. Evans (WHOI)

PROJECTS

ICEFLAME

Impact of ICE-sheet retreat and Fluid flow dynamics in Western Antarctic Peninsula Margin Experiment  
An International collaborative study

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The polar regions have lost significant ice sheet mass since LGM and, therefore, are subject to substantial isostatic rebound and continental uplift. Such uplift promotes gas hydrate dissociation (pressure/temperature dependent), and consequent emission of the greenhouse gas methane can accelerate global warming. As a result, the Western Antarctic Peninsula (AP) is undergoing rapid climate change, with a rising atmospheric temperature of nearly 3°C since 1951.

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The ICEFLAME international team aims to unveil the intrinsic mechanism controlling ice-sheet retreat, continental uplift, gas hydrate dissociation, ocean-to-atmosphere methane release, and associated polar warming at AP. ICEFLAME focus is on how fluid flow and gas hydrate systems within the AP margin respond to pressure/temperature changes induced by the Holocene to present alterations in uplift rates from isostatic rebound and temperature of bottom water masses. The MT/CSEM data, combined with multichannel seismic, core, and water sampling datasets, will help us track the migration pathways of hydrocarbon-charged fluids in the subsurface and release to the water column.

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WHAT WE WILL ACHIVE IN THIS PROJCT

The ICEFLAME international team aims to unveil the intrinsic mechanism controlling ice-sheet retreat, continental uplift, gas hydrate dissociation, ocean-to-atmosphere methane release, and associated polar warming at AP. ICEFLAME focus is on how fluid flow and gas hydrate systems within the AP margin respond to pressure/temperature changes induced by the Holocene to present alterations in uplift rates from isostatic rebound and temperature of bottom water masses. The MT/CSEM data, combined with multichannel seismic, core, and water sampling datasets, will help us track the migration pathways of hydrocarbon-charged fluids in the subsurface and release to the water column.