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Climate change and the polar ice sheets

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If you have a question about this talk, please contact Deb Shoosmith.

Open to non-BAS; please contact Deb Shoosmith (drsho@bas.ac.uk or 221702) if you would like to attend.

Earth is a remarkable planet. Its temperature is so delicately balanced that water is abundant in both liquid and solid forms. But as our climate warms, the ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland will surely respond. After more than a century of polar exploration, the past decade of satellite measurements has painted an altogether new picture of how Earth’s ice sheets are changing. We know now that accelerating glaciers in both continents are raising sea levels faster than the 2007 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change projected. This seminar summarises the very recent achievements in our understanding of the polar ice sheets made possible by a constellation of Earth observing satellites.

This talk is part of the British Antarctic Survey series.

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