The Denman Glacier and Shackleton Ice Shelf

Significant changes have taken place on Denman Glacier and Shackleton Ice Shelf. The floating section of the glacier experiences vigorous ice melt in contact with the ocean, which suggests the presence of Circumpolar Deep Water. However, there is no historical oceanographic data near the glacier. https://www.pnas.org/content/116/4/1095 Denman Glacier, located in East Antarctica retreated about 5…

The Doomsday Glaciers in East Antarctica | Earth Under Water

A new study suggests that the East Antarctica Ice Sheet in the Wilkes Basin may have completely disappeared around 400,000 years ago. Currently the Wilkes Basin is only hold back by the Cook, Mertz, and the Ninnis glacier – the Cook Glacier shelf has already collapsed. There is also the Totten Glacier farther to the…

Antarctic & Greenland Melt Accelerates Sea Level Rise (Eric Rignot October 2019)

In this talk from October 2019, Eric Rignot suggests the possibility of 4 meters of sea level rise per century. Just extrapolating based on Antarctic marine glaciers retreating would yield the figure Notes a new model with results in the ballpark Notes the figure is in agreement with past sea level rise estimates Not mentioned…

Methane Release Discovery in Antarctic Ocean

Andrew Thurber, Oregon State University on his research on methane seeps, and his studies on Cinder Cones in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. REF AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles: Video Chat with Dr. Andrew Thurber https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggDv1PjJX1I First active leak of sea-bed methane discovered in Antarctica https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/22/first-active-leak-of-sea-bed-methane-discovered-in-antarctica NSF: Methane Munching Microbes https://antarcticsun.usap.gov/science/4310/ Methane GWP https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/earth-and-planetary-sciences/global-warming-potential and…

Eric Rignot: On the Current State of Sea Level Rise Estimates (2019)

Glaciologist Eric Rignot (NASA/JPL) speaking at the American Philosophical Society meeting April 2019. Climate warming caused by human activities has woken up the sleeping ice giants in Greenland and Antarctica, elevating risks of multiple meters of sea level rise in the coming centuries. Rignot will discuss how satellites, airborne platforms, robotic devices and advanced numerical…

The Mystery of the Antarctic Sea Ice Puzzle, Sea ice Plummeting Suddenly

The amount of ice circling Antarctica is suddenly plunging from a record high to record lows, baffling scientists. A new NASA study by sea ice expert Claire L. Parkinson reveals recent trends in Antarctica’s sea ice extent. CREDITS A 40-y record reveals gradual Antarctic sea ice increases followed by decreases at rates far exceeding the…

Eric Rignot: Response of the Great Ice Sheets to Climate Warming

In ca 2012, as part of the Discover the Physical Sciences Breakfast Lecture Series at the University of California, climate researcher Eric Rignot (NASA/JPL) outlined our understanding of changes in the major cryosphere hotspots in Antarctica and Greenland, in his talk titled “Response of the Great Ice Sheets to Climate Warming”. Read about his newest…