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Exploring ice

There are lots of ways scientists have been researching Pine Island Glacier to find out how it is changing. An international programme of science called iSTAR has taken many years of planning and preparation and has an ambitious two-year plan to gather data about Pine Island Glacier from land, sea and air.

Researching Pine Island Glacier

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What equipment is needed?

  • Download and read about many of the different types of equipment used in research on Pine Island Glacier.

The images below show some of the different kinds of equipment used:

Ice radar
Autosub
Skidoos used for transport on ice
Piston Bulley (tractor)
Sometimes what you simply need is a spade!
Tractor train carrying equipment