30 Jan 2020

'Doomsday' glacier melting faster than first thought

From Morning Report, 8:49 am on 30 January 2020

Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier - also known as the "doomsday glacier" - is now melting faster than previously thought. In the biggest scientific field project in Antarctic history, researchers have drilled down through 700 metres of ice to deploy a robot submarine in the waters under the glacier.

The Thwaites Glacier is described as the "most important" glacier in the world, and it has lost half a trillion tonnes of ice since the 1980s.

The lead scientist for the robot submarine Icefin is Dr Britney Schmidt.

She speaks to Morning Report from McMurdo Station in Antarctica.