We had our in-brief today with the just arrived scientists that are heading out to PIG [above logo stolen from them]. It is an all-star cast of characters from: NASA, JPL, University of Alaska and several others that I can't remember.
The PI [primary investigator] informed us support folks that they have been down at McMurdo for the last couple years doing dry runs with their drilling gear so that they can go out this year and collect their data on the ice shelf. I was amazed to learn that PIG is moving at a rate of 10 meters / day [over one foot per hour!] and is speculated to be 10% of current sea level rise. As Dr Bindschadler told us today, 'This is the most exciting glacier to study on the continent, with some of the worst weather the continent has to offer.'