Pine Island Glacier Experiment
Stanton, Timothy P.
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As part of the International Polar Year project "Ocean-Ice Interaction in the Amundsen Sea: the Keystone to Ice-Sheet Stability", the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs has funded an investigation of the ocean circulation and ocean-ice interaction in the seawater-filled cavity below Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier. A sophisticated, profiling ocean sensor package is currently being developed to provide new observations of the role of the ocean in melting the underside of the glacier.
The Ocean Turbulence Laboratory in the Oceanography Department at the Naval Postgraduate School has an active research program addressing a range of ocean turbulent boundary layer problems. The group has developed observational systems for studying sub-ice boundary layers in polar regions, coastal internal waves, solitons and turbulence over the continental shelf, and the wave forced boundary bottom boundary layer over the inner shelf and surf zone.