Project MIDAS is a UK-based Antarctic research project, investigating the effects of a warming climate on the Larsen C ice shelf in West Antarctica. Recent warming has caused large melt ponds to form on Larsen C during summer, which are changing the structure of the ice. The effects of this on the future of the ice shelf are still unknown.
We are studying these effects through a mixture of fieldwork, satellite observation and computer simulations of the ice shelf and its climate.
We are also actively monitoring the growth of a large rift on Larsen C.
Project MIDAS is based at Swansea University and Aberystwyth University in Wales, with support from the British Antarctic Survey and a variety of partners both in the UK and internationally. The project is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council.