The West Antarctic is to be covered with a network of sensor that will monitor the interactions between the ice and the ground below it. This is an International Polar Year project funded through the National Science Foundation and led by the Ohio State University. The West Antarctic Ice Sheet has been hard to collect data on because of much of it being inhospitable for scientists to conduct research much of the year. The solution that has been developed is to fly in the equipment and set it up to transmit the data via satellite. The equipment is beginning to be placed this month, but it will take until 2010 to get all the posts set up. They will then send data back until at least 2012.
Read the news article about this research project here.