Scripps Institution of Oceanography glaciologist Helen Amanda Fricker is being honored by the UK Antarctic Place-Names Committee with an Antarctic ice piedmont in her name. The Fricker Ice Piedmont is located on the eastern side of Adelaide Island, a mainly ice-covered island off the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.
The pioneering scientist is being recognized for her work using satellites, including NASA’s ICESat-2, to study the evolution of ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland.
Antarctic place-names honor British individuals who've made exceptional contributions to advancing science in the polar regions. This year, 28 polar scientists were honored as part of a larger celebration to mark the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica.
Fricker is the co-leader of the Scripps Polar Center.