Investigating the Cryospheric Evolution of the Central Antarctic Plate
10/2009: 2009 - 2010 field season begins
Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC, University of Tasmania & Australian Government Antarctic Division:
Tas van Ommen (PI)
Jason Roberts (Co-PI)
Roland Warner (Collaborator)
Neal Young (Collaborator)
School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol:
Jonathan Bamber (Co-PI)
Tony Payne (Collaborator)
The Aurora Subglacial Basin and the Wilkes Subglacial Basin represent the weak underbelly of the East Antarctica Ice Sheet. The ICECAP project, supported by the Australian Antarctic Division, the U.S. National Science Foundation, and the U.K.'s National Environmental Research Council, represents a resumption of long range aerogeophysical research in Antarctica. This capacity -- in the form of a DC-3 equipped with multi-frequency ice penetrating radar, laser altimeter, magnetometers and a gravity meter -- allows several important questions about East Antarctic Ice Sheet to be addressed. Read the Press Release 10/28/08 »
- View the University of Bristol's ICECAP site »
(maintained by Andrew Wright, University of Edinburgh)
Upcoming Field Campaigns
Our field plan extends our coverage of the Aurora Subglacial Basin beneath the majority of the Totten Glacier Drainage, from the deep interior to the grounding line.
Season 1 (2008/9): The survey will cover the blue lines radiating from the Casey station of the Australian Antarctic Division in Wilkes Land, west of Law Dome. This area encompasses the Aurora Subglacial Basin and the grounding line region near the mouth of the Totten Glacier, one of the largest in Antarctica, as well as the Astrolabe Basin where the thickest ice in Antarctica is located.
Season 2 (2009/10): Radial flight lines emanating from McMurdo Station will be flown. This area covers the southern part of the Wilkes Subglacial Basin and links in with work by other groups at Dome C and Vostok. A 50 km grid over the Aurora basin and a 25 km grid over Law Dome and the lower part of Totten Glacier will also be surveyed.
Season 3 (2010/2011): In the third season flights out of McMurdo Station will survey a 25 km grid over the southern part of the Wilkes Basin.