This project runs as a subcontract under the umbrella of the FRST funded program PACaFI (GNS Science and Antarctic Research Centre, Victoria University Wellington). It builds on the highly successful ANDRILL Programme and aims at improved understanding of the role of the Antarctic Cryosphere in the Ross Sea Region. Understanding the behaviour of the Antarctic Ice Sheet during past periods of global warmth is critical for predicting the response of ice sheets and ice shelves to warming over the next decades and centuries. This analysis is part of the workpackage 'Ice-Sheet Modelling Contribution to the ANDRILL Programme'. New high resolution satellite data (radar and optical imagery, altimeter data) and ground data (Radar, GPS) will be acquired and analysed for mapping key cryospheric key regions of this area. This information is required to constrain numerical models for the simulation of the dynamics of ice sheet and glaciers.