Geological History Constraints on the Magnitude of Grounding-Line Retreat in the Thwaites Glacier System (GHC)
GHC will gather information about past ice sheet behavior and relative sea level change in the Thwaites Glacier system. Determining the timing and magnitude of past episodes of thinning and retreat and subsequent re-advance is important to provide a context for the current and future behavior of Thwaites Glacier and its influence on global sea level.
The GHC team in the Hudson Mountains seem to have all the luck with weather and logistics this year. The team, consisted of two scientists, Professor John Woodward, a glaciologist and geophysicist from Northumbria University and Dr Jo Johnson, a geologist from the British Antarctic Survey, supported by two Field Guides, Ash Fusiarski and Tom King.
A team of over 20 polar scientists from the UK, US and Sweden set sail this week (29 January) on the first ship-based research expedition to Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica as part of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration.