ITGC scientists addressed reporters on Monday, December 13, at the American Geophysical Union meeting, describing the rapid retreat of Thwaites Glacier and the implications that will have on our planet in the coming years. Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier is retreating rapidly as a warming ocean slowly erases its ice from below, leading to faster flow, more fracturing, and a threat of collapse, according to an international team of scientists. The glacier is the size of Florida or Britain and currently contributes four percent of annual global sea level rise.
This Antarctic field season, the UK’s new polar ship RRS Sir David Attenborough, will support the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration by delivering cargo to the English Coast in Antarctica. With this scheduled, researchers showcased the work of ITGC when the icebreaker visited Greenwich, London, last month (28-30 October) for a special event to support the UK’s Presidency of COP26.
Irena Vaňková is a polar scientist working in the area of ice-ocean interactions. In 2018 she finished her PhD under the guidance of David Holland at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. After that she spent two years as a Marie-Curie Fellow at the British Antarctic Survey, where she continues to work as a physical oceanographer.