Circulation of Jorge Montt fjord

Master Thesis subject (30 ECTS)
The Jorge Montt Glacier (JMG) drains Chile's Southern Ice sheet into the estuary of the Pascua river. While still calving directly into the ocean, over the past 100 years the glacier tongue has retreated over 20 km, leaving behind a fjord that has not held seawater for at least the last 30 thousand years. The properties of temperature and salinity within this "new" fjord are driven by a range of processes, from exchange with the coastal ocean to the effect of the ice itself. This project will attempt to understand the seasonal cycle of the vertical structure in the fjord, as has been measured during a number of recent expeditions to the area, through analysis of the observations and performance of numerical simulations.
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Reference Number: RP-47681