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…

Global Warming and Changes in East Antarctic Glaciers #AGU2018

East Antarctica, which holds the potential of raising global sea level by almost 200 feet, has long been considered stable and unlikely to change in the future. But recent observations have hinted that East Antarctica is starting to wake. #TottenGlacier In this briefing, researchers will present new findings on how a group of glaciers in…

Can We Build a Giant Ocean Wall to Stop Sea Level Rise?

Is unavoidable sea level rise an engineering problem, do we have the capabilities for a technological fix? John C. Moore from the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland presents these ideas in his October 2018 talk, “Stopping the flood – Can we engineer ice sheets and save the homes of a billion people?” Open…

Antarctica ice loss has tripled in past decade

Mass balance of the Antarctic Ice Sheet from 1992 to 2017 – ocean-driven melting has caused rates of ice loss from West Antarctica to increase from 53 ± 29 billion to 159 ± 26 billion tonnes per year; ice-shelf collapse has increased the rate of ice loss from the Antarctic Peninsula from 7 ± 13 billion to 33 ± 16 billion tonnes per…

This new Antarctic Discovery will affect You massively

Past studies of Antarctica’s accelerated glacier retreat focused on regional trends, a new study now finds continental trends of over ten percent of marine terminating glaciers moving inland. Current peak retreat has been documented to be in the ballpark of 25 meters each single year. Read Chris Mooney’s Washington Post article study summary goo.gl/HuxtxL /…