LARISSA is a National Science Foundation funded initiative that will bring an international, interdisciplinary team together to address a significant regional problem with global change implications, the abrupt environmental change in Antarctica's Larsen Ice Shelf System.
(Domack, Leventer, Brachfeld, Ishman, Wellner, Balco)
(Scambos, Pettit, Truffer, Thompson & Mosley-Thompson, Gordon, Huber)
Writer Douglas Fox, who accompanied the scientists on the two-month expedition in 2010, has published two articles highlighting the research performed on the RV Nathaniel B. Palmer. The December 2012 article Polar research: Trouble bares its claws that appears in the journal Nature focuses on the resarch of the LARISSA marine ecosystem team. In a July 2012 Scientific American article, Fox described the researchers’ efforts to determine how fast the continent is melting and what that might mean for sea-level rise.