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overview of the program's scientific questions
Research Team:
description of interdisciplinary research team
Ocean Program:
objectives of the program's oceanography component
development of the cavity profiler instrument
descriptions of field deployments
resulting from the study
to related sites
Cartoon illustrating ocean circulation, basal melting, and resulting buoyant flow in the sub-glacial cavity.

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.

Ocean Turbulence Lab
Oceanography Departement
Naval Postgraduate School
Tim Stanton (stanton@nps.edu)
Bill Shaw (wjshaw@nps.edu)