The transport of heat, salt and energy in the polar oceans are strongly influenced by the presence of floating ice shelves and glacier tongues. However, thick ice cover often limits access to waters in these regions so physical processes are not well understood despite their importance in biological productivity, sea ice formation and the climate system. The Glacier Tongues and Ocean Mixing Research Project aims to investigate flow and mixing around the Erebus Glacier Tongue in McMurdo Sound Antarctica using an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) and a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)....more...


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Satellite image of the Erebus Glacier Tongue, McMurdo Sound, Antarctica

Investigating the effect of glacier tongues on ocean mixing