West Antarctic Ice Sheet change since the last glacial period

Larter, R.D.; Gohl, K.; Hillenbrand, C.-D.; Kuhn, G.; Deen, T.J.; Dietrich, R.; Eagles, G.; Johnson, J.S.; Livermore, R.A.; Nitsche, F.O.; Pudsey, C.J.; Schenke, H.-W.; Smith, J.A.; Udintsev, G.; Uenzelmann-Neben, G.. 2007 West Antarctic Ice Sheet change since the last glacial period. Eos. Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 88 (17). 189-190. 10.1029/2007EO170001

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The potential for rapid deglaciation, or collapse, of the 2–million–square–kilometer West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) in response to climate change is one of the most serious environmental threats facing mankind. The WAIS is a marine ice sheet with large parts of its ice grounded below sea level. Complete collapse would result in a global sea level rise of approximately 5 meters, with immense social, economic, and ecological consequences.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1029/2007EO170001
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Global Science in the Antarctic Context (2005-2009) > Glacial Retreat in Antarctica and Deglaciation of the Earth System
ISSN: 0096-3941
NORA Subject Terms: Meteorology and Climatology
Date made live: 02 Nov 2011 10:47

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