The Future of Thwaites Glacier and its Contribution to Sea-level Rise Science Coordination Office Proposal (SCO)
The ITGC Science Coordination Office coordinates the eight funded research projects to deliver the best possible science for the funding agencies and the public of both the US and UK. Its primary mission is to integrate the individual grants under a shared vision and plan, look for and propose adjustments to the science field data activities to maximize the effectiveness of the ITGC program as a whole, and to assist in the coordination of media outreach, web content and education products for the program.
“We found a sea pig last night in one of the Megacore tubes,” Jennie Mowatt, a marine technician onboard, nonchalantly said as she passed around a video on her cell phone for all of the scientists in the meeting.
The crane lowered the little orange submarine until it finally touched down snuggly onto its ramp on the back deck of the Palmer. Behind it, the overcast, foggy skies blended into the glacier front a few kilometers away and down to the rest of the ocean surrounding us.
“I think the secret to the work we do in many ways is as much as possible beforehand, asking the question, ‘what if, what if, what if.…’” Andy Smith, a principal investigator on the ITGC GHOST project, commented about working in Antarctica’s isolated and difficult outback.
The International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration is pairing school classrooms with Antarctic experts to talk about research in Antarctica and what it is like to work in one of the coldest places on Earth!
Nearly 100 scientists and staff from around the world, including University of Colorado Boulder (CU) and CIRES scientist Ted Scambos, departed last month to conduct fieldwork in on
Glaciologist Tasha Snow spent 55 days at sea learning about Thwaites Glacier.
Photo by Ted Scambos