Scottish scientists join Antarctica trip to study 'doomsday glacier' with yellow submarine Boaty McB

The 65-day voyage will investigate atmospheric and oceanic conditions around the gigantic Thwaites Glacier one of the biggest in Antarctica, stretching across 74,000 square miles.

Experts have warned that recent dramatic changes at the glacier could have a catastrophic effect on global sea levels, raising the height by up to 65cm.

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The voyage, aboard the icebreaker Nathaniel B Palmer, is part of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC, a five-year project that is jointly funded by the UK's Natural Environment Research Council and the US National Science Foundation.

The team, led by academics from the University of East Anglia (UEA), will carry out a wide range of studies around the Thwaites ice shelf to gain new insights into the glaciers behaviour.

The infamous Boaty McBoatface and a fleet of other robot submarines will be deployed to carry out pioneering underwater surveys beneath the ice.

Dr Rob Hall, from UEA, is the chief scientist in charge of the voyage.

Its very exciting, though also daunting, to be leading this campaign to make critical measurements of the ocean under and around this vulnerable ice shelf, he said.

The team have completed a month of quarantine to ensure everyone is safe, and now were looking forward to putting our wide range of scientific instruments into the water to see what we will learn about how the ocean melts the ice shelf from below.

Were already monitoring the sea ice extent carefully to devise the best w....

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