NASA Hosts Teleconference on Expedition to Antarctic Hot Spot


NASA will host a media teleconference at 11 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Nov. 9, to discuss a new field campaign season on one of Antarctica's "hottest" spots: the rapidly-melting Pine Island Glacier.

The Pine Island Glacier ice shelf expedition, an international effort led by seven institutions, aims to peek beneath the ice and determine how the ocean is melting the glacier's underbelly. During the news conference, panelists will discuss this season's scientific goals, state-of-the-art data collection, and the methods used to deploy staff and equipment on this crevasse-ridden, isolated edge of Antarctica.

Teleconference participants are:

- Robert Bindschadler, glaciologist, NASA's Goddard Space Flight

Center, Greenbelt, Md. - Sridhar Anandakrishnan, geophysicist, Penn State University, University Park, Pa.

- Timothy Stanton, oceanographer, Naval Postgraduate School, San Diego

- Scott Borg, director of Antarctic sciences, National Science Foundation, Arlington, Va.

To participate, media representatives must e-mail their name, media affiliation and telephone number to Steve Cole at stephen.e.cole@nasa.gov by 9 a.m. on Nov. 9 for call-in number and pass code. Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live at: http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio

Related images and video will be posted at the time of the teleconference at: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/pine-island-glacier.html

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