How Scientists Study Antarctic Ice Melt

NASA Launches Eighth Year of Antarctic Ice Change Airborne Survey (Oct. 17, 2016) http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/nasa-launches-eighth-year-of-antarctic-ice-change-airborne-survey Getz Ice Shelf: Iceberg B-34 Makes Its Debut off Antarctica http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=85727 NASA is tracking a gargantuan iceberg, escaped from Antarctica (2014) http://earthsky.org/earth/nasa-is-tracking-a-gargantuan-iceberg-escaped-from-antarctica Iceberg B31 Heads West (2014) http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=84795 Mapping Polar Ice (2013) https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/11194 Operation IceBridge 2012 Antarctic https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/11135 Getz Ice Shelf…

Study: Contribution of Antarctica to past and future sea-level rise (2016)

A study published in March 2016, suggests that large parts of East Antarctica’s ice sheet can collapse, can do so under Pliocene conditions. A key question has long been whether ice sheet contribution could accelerate substantially, by an order of magnitude, either in this century or subsequently. Until recently ice sheet models had problems to…

Ice sheet deglaciation and methane emissions, with the scope on Greenland’s melt season

On June 9 2016, Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, reached the warmest temperature ever recorded for the month of June anywhere on the island, 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit). An article from NSDIC, published June 22 elaborated on the broader situation: Surface melting on Greenland’s Ice Sheet proceeded at a brisk pace, with three…

Ice sheets may be hiding vast reservoirs of methane

The study indicates that under the frigid weight of Barents Sea Ice sheet, which covered northern Eurasia some 22 000 years ago, significant amounts of methane may have been stored as hydrates in the ground. As the ice sheet retreated, the methane rich hydrates melted, releasing the climate gas into the ocean and atmosphere for…

AGU 2015: Eric Rignot – Ice Sheet Systems and Sea Level Change

Scientific Discipline Cryosphere Speaker Eric Rignot (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory) Abstract Modern views of ice sheets provided by satellites, airborne surveys, in situ data and paleoclimate records while transformative of glaciology have not fundamentally changed concerns about ice sheet stability and collapse that emerged in the 1970’s. Motivated by the desire to learn more about…

Why 2°C Global Warming is Highly Dangerous

Recently, James Hansen the former director of NASA GISS published new study findings about future sea level rise, ice melt, and temperature changes, as well as the possible implications for future climate. Above video highlights a part of a talk Hansen held on December 1, 2015 at the Paris climate change conference (COP21). The take…

NASA State of Sea Level Rise Science 2015 – 30 feet of SLR possible by 2100

Excerpt from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDdNxb2xVBU Members of NASA’s new interdisciplinary Sea Level Change Team discussed recent findings and new agency research efforts during a media teleconference Aug. 26, 2015, at 12:30 p.m. EDT. The panelists for this briefing were: — Michael Freilich, director of NASA’s Earth Science Division at the agency’s headquarters in Washington — Steve Nerem,…

Fossil Fuel Emissions could Eliminate the Antarctic Ice sheet entirely, causing about 58 m Sea Level Rise

A new open access study in Science Advances concludes that a warming beyond the 2°C target would potentially lead to rates of sea-level rise dominated by ice loss from Antarctica, and continued CO2 emissions from fossil sources could cause additional tens of meters of sea level rise, over the next millennia and eventually ultimately eliminate the…

Doubling times of 10, 20 or 40 years yield sea level rise of several meters

According to a new study, sea level rise of several meters might happen faster then previously thought. Based on data from past climate changes, when sea level rose to +5–9 m, including the occurrence of extreme storms – during a time when temperatures were less than 1 ◦C warmer than today, experts warn of similar…

Observing Antarctic Glaciers – Eric Rignot

Eric Rignot from UC Irvine discusses Observing Antarctic Glaciers. This talk was part of The Sleeping Giant: Measuring Ocean Ice Interactions in Antarctica short course at the Keck Institute for Space Studies at Caltech on September 9, 2013. Related Widespread, rapid grounding line retreat of Pine Island, Thwaites, Smith, and Kohler glaciers, West Antarctica, from…

NASA: Vast Antarctic ice shelf a few years from disintegration

NASA has found that the last section of Antarctica’s Larsen B Ice Shelf is likely to disintegrate before the end of the decade. Transcript: We know that this ice shelf existed for at least 11 to 12 thousand years. In 2002, two-thirds of it collapsed in less than six weeks. In the intervening period between…