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Why is it hard to predict the future of ice sheets?

Vaughan, David G.; Arthern, Robert. 2007 Why is it hard to predict the future of ice sheets? Science, 315 (5818). 1503-1504. 10.1126/science.1141111

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Abstract/Summary

Ice sheet retreat, hypotheses of instability could be missing important processes that limit the rate or extent of retreat, or conversely, Ice sheet behavior is strongly influenced by processes at its margin and base. Observations of rapid changes at these boundaries are helping modelers to improve predictions of future changes.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1126/science.1141111
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Global Science in the Antarctic Context (2005-2009) > Glacial Retreat in Antarctica and Deglaciation of the Earth System
ISSN: 0036-8075
NORA Subject Terms: Glaciology
Date made live: 27 May 2008 09:01
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/3107

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