Experimental & theoretical rock physics, ice mechanics &
applied to planetary dynamics, geohazards, sub-surface reservoirs
& ice sheets
The Rock & Ice Physics Laboratory (RIPL) at UCL is
a major research facility which forms part of the Earth
Sciences Department. RIPL has over 15 members and consists
of 11 laboratories, housing over £4M of research equipment.,
supported by over £2 million of current peer-reviewed
funding. The Rock & Ice Physics Laboratory has a unique
breadth of experience and ability to design and build its
own experimental apparatus.
We study the physical behaviour of ice and rocks that make
up the surface and interior of the Earth, and other solid
bodies in the solar system, so as to constrain the dynamic,
tectonic and environmental processes of planetary evolution.
Our research is nationally unique and multi-disciplinary,
being based on experiment and theory.