Antarctia has recently been described as a continent surrounded by advice. The advice stems from growing realization of the Antarctic's importance in many aspects of globalscale Earth science. This article outlines a U.S. and international initiative to move solid-Earth scientists from an advisory role to one of acquiring new data bearing on the structure and evolution of the ice-covered Antarctic lithosphere.
The initiative has marine, airborne, and terrestrial components; plans for all three are underway. Platforms exist for undertaking the work at sea and in the air, but land geophysical techniques need to be adapted to the Antarctic environment. An international workshop to plan modern over-ice geoscience transects will be convened in Washington, D.C., July 19–22 in conjunction with the 28th International Geological Congress (IGC).