“The LARsen Ice Shelf System, Antarctica, LARISSA a Model for Antarctic Integrated System Science (AISS) Investigations using Marine Platforms,” was presented at the American Geophysical Union fall conference in San Francisco on Dec.14. Eugene Domack, the Joel W. Johnson Family Professor of Geosciences, was the poster’s first author. Others included colleagues from Byrd Polar Research Center, Ohio State University; Colgate University; Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory; SCRIPPS Institution of Oceanography, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado; Renard Centre of Marine Geology, Universiteit Gent; University of Hawaii; and Korean Polar Research Institute.
The LARISSA program is the first interdisciplinary project funded in the AISS program of the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs and was officially launched in the closing days of the Internation Polar Year. This program brings together investigators, students, and media to address the rapid and fundamental changes taking place in the region of the Larsen Ice Shelf and surrounding areas. Scientific foci include: glaciologic and oceanographic interactions, the response of pelagic and benthic ecosystems to ice shelf decay, sedimentary record of ice shelf break disintegration, the geologic evolution of ice shelf systems over the last 100,000 years, paleoclimate/environmental records from marine sediment and ice cores, and the crustal response to ice mass loss at decade to millennial time scales.