Evolution and dynamics of the Martian polar ice caps over climatic cycles

Mars ice caps

Polar ice caps of Mars. Left: Permanent north polar cap, surrounded by the seasonal CO2 cap in late spring. Right: Permanent south polar cap in summer. Note the offset with respect to the south pole.

Work report 2005.04-2006.03 (PDF)

Work report 2006.04-2007.03 (PDF)



Mars, Ice, Polar cap, Polar layered deposits, Climate cycle, Modelling

Project members

Principal investigator

Dr. Ralf Greve
Institute of Low Temperature Science
Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

Research collaborators

Dr. Björn Grieger
Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany

Dr. Oliver J. Stenzel
Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany



Greve, R., B. Grieger and O. J. Stenzel. 2010.
MAIC-2, a latitudinal model for the Martian surface temperature, atmospheric water transport and surface glaciation.
Planet. Space Sci. 58 (6), 931-940. doi: 10.1016/j.pss.2010.03.002.

Greve, R. 2008.
Scenarios for the formation of Chasma Boreale, Mars.
Icarus 196 (2), 359-367. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2007.10.020.

Stenzel, O. J., B. Grieger, H. U. Keller, R. Greve, K. Fraedrich, E. Kirk and F. Lunkeit. 2007.
Coupling Planet Simulator Mars, a general circulation model of the Martian atmosphere, to the ice sheet model SICOPOLIS.
Planet. Space Sci. 55 (14), 2087-2096. doi:10.1016/j.pss.2007.09.001.

Greve, R. 2006.
Fluid dynamics of planetary ices.
GAMM-Mitteilungen 29 (1), 29-51.

Research funding organisation

Institute of Low Temperature Science (ILTS).

Project type: ILTS Research Fund (Category 2).
Funding period: April 2005 - March 2007.

Last modified: 2010-04-22