Dr Jan Lieser is a meteorologist and sea ice scientist in ACE’s Cryosphere Program, which studies the frozen parts in the Southern Hemisphere, including Antarctic land ice and sea ice. Jan’s research focus is airborne imaging techniques using digital aerial photography and scanning LiDAR to estimate sea ice thickness. This information is used to check remote sensing data collected by satellites like ICESat and CryoSat-2, which is used by other Antarctic research programs. Jan has researched on-site polar meteorological observations and sea ice geophysical properties, as well as numerical modelling of Arctic sea ice and Antarctic sub-glacial Lake Vostok, and the interpretation of remote sensing data. He has participated in several field research programs in both Antarctica and the Arctic Ocean, conducted by our research partners, the Australian Antarctic Division, and the German Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research.
Under Jan’s leadership the sea ice group is supporting Australian Antarctic shipping operations with regular reports on sea ice conditions, with a focus on East Antarctica. These reports are published and availble online:
Volume 1: Sea Ice Reports for the Season 2011/12
Volume 2: Sea Ice Reports for the Seaosn 2012/13