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Antarctica Pine Island Glacier

Using ice penetrating radar on Pine Island Glacier, W. Antarctica

How do conditions at the bed of Antarctic ice streams influence ice dynamics and ice sheet stability?

Pine Island Glacier is located in a region of West Antarctic Ice Sheet that has been undergoing rapid thinning, acceleration and retreat over recent decades with the potential to contribute significantly to future global sea level rise.

Detailed observations of basal conditions beneath ice sheets are currently lacking and are required to improve the ability of numerical models to make accurate projections of future ice sheet contributions to sea level rise. Our work uses geophysical field observations to uncover the hidden subglacial environment beneath Pine Island Glacier to investigate the role of bed topography, hydrology and geology in controlling ice dynamics across the glacier catchment.

This work is funded by a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) grant and studentship through the NERC ‘iSTAR’ (ice Sheet STAbility Research) programme.

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