The British Antractic Survey’s vessel RRS Ernest Shackleton teamed up with the Royal Navy survey ship HMS Protector to help scientists begin a five-year mission  to understand how West Antarctica is contributing to global sea-level rise.

Working together the ships crunched their way through over 300 miles of sea ice to a remote Antarctic ice shelf to support a team of around 100 scientists who seek to understand a glacier the size of Great Britain.

The RAF Hercules air dropped around 70 tonnes of cargo for the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration.
The RAF Hercules air dropped around 70 tonnes of cargo for the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration.