The project will focus on a question of major societal importance regarding ice sheet contributions to sea level by specifically addressing the controls and resulting behavior of a vulnerable sector of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. We plan to have a PolarTrek teacher participate in the first cruise and actively engage with schools before, during, and after the field season. An Earth2class teacher training workshop based on the project will be held at LDEO-Columbia University. A science writer, Linda Welzenbach, from Rice University will participate in the first cruise to provide direct public outreach initiatives, including a daily blog, interviews with scientists and video of onboard research activities, and post-cruise development of educational and outreach materials. An adapted version of the popular ice sheet model-based computer game ‘Ice Flows’ (see below) will be developed specifically for the Thwaites-Pine Island region and distributed to the public. PIs will involve graduate and undergraduate students at their institutions in developing outreach content such as museum special exhibits, documentary films, and science briefs. The scientific goals of this work are shared with those of many other proposals and the data collected in the field will be made public for other researchers to use as part of integrated, interdisciplinary projects.