Interactive apps and models

Interactive glacier models

Get the students playing with one of these simple, browser-based interactive glacier models, and understanding concepts such as ablation, accumulation, glacier advance and recession and glacier mass balance.

You can also explore the OGGM-edu (see separate page on this).

NASA JPL Virtual Earth System Laboratory

The folks at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory have developed a suite of simulations of glaciers, ice sheets and sea level that you can explore at the Virtual Earth System Laboratory. These simulations use real model physics to calculate changes in the ice mass over time.

Preview of Columbia Glacier simulation
Columbia Glacier model from the NASA JPL Virtual Earth System Laboratory

Things to think about: How does changing the surface mass balance (SMB) affect glacier thickness and length? How long does it take to reach a new equilibrium (i.e. what’s the response time?). How does changing the SMB affect melting across the glacier?

IceFlows game

The new IceFlows game (Exeter University) allows students to experiment with ice flow of an ice shelf in Antarctica, and learn about the Antarctic ice sheet.

The Iceflows Game uses real ice physics to demonstrate how ice shelves flow and melt.

Sea level rise

There are a number of interactive student resources on sea level rise.

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