Kirsty Tinto: Mapping on and under Antarctica’s Ice

“This is a really exciting project because it’s really interdisciplinary. We have the plane that has an instrument suite attached to the side of it that’ll fit into a little pod about the size of a sofa. And so we have instruments that measure the surface of the ice, and the interior structure of the ice, and an ice shelf is floating, so we’re even looking down to work out what’s at the bottom of the water underneath the ice.”

Kirsty Tinto is an associate research scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory who works in the polar geophysics group in airborne geoscience. In the video below, she describes her work with the Rosetta Project, using remote sensing technology to explore the dynamics of the vast system of land, ice and ocean in Antarctica. The video is one in a series about researchers at the Earth Institute, what they do, and what inspired them to get into their field.