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2009-05-14 14:24:41

The potential contribution to sea level rise from a collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) have been greatly overestimated, according to a new study published in the journal Science. Scientists estimate global sea level would rise 3.3 metres, not five or six, as previously thought. The Atlantic and Pacific seaboards of the US, even in the case of a partial collapse, would experience the largest increases, threatening cities such as New York, Washington DC and San Francisco.Long...

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2009-05-05 10:38:55

Most comprehensive seabed image of Amundsen Sea Embayment Motorway-sized troughs and channels carved into Antarctica's continental shelves by glaciers thousands of years ago could help scientists to predict future sea-level rise according to a report in the journal Geology this month (May). Using sonar technology from onboard ships, scientists from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and the German Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) captured the most extensive, continuous set of images of the seafloor...

2009-03-18 13:54:57

U.S. climatologists say they've determined the West Antarctic ice sheet changes rapidly over the eons, most influenced by ocean temperatures. Researchers at Pennsylvania State University and the University of Massachusetts said their findings were based on modeling 5 million years of changes in the ice sheet. We found that the West Antarctic ice sheet varied a lot, collapsed and regrew multiple times over that period, said Penn State senior scientist David Pollard. The ice sheets in our model...

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2009-03-18 15:45:00

Two new reports published in the journal Nature illustrate possible flooding due to climate change and a meltdown of the massive West Antarctic ice sheet. In one study, researchers used soil cores below the Ross ice shelf to show that the massive melt took place between 3 million and 5 million years ago. That collapse amounted to an increase of more than 16 feet to global sea level, researchers noted. "What we're seeing in the past would lead us to believe that we are on track for losing...

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2009-03-17 16:27:25

A robot submarine studying the underbelly of an Antarctic ice shelf has found evidence of rising sea levels, scientists reported on Tuesday. Developed by UK's National Oceanography Center of Southampton, Autosub is an Automated Underwater Vehicle (AUV). It has completed six missions traveling under Pine Island Glacier, an extension of the West Antarctic ice sheet in the Amundsen Sea. The sub uses sonar to create a three-dimensional map of the seabed and the underside of the ice. Scientists...

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2009-03-17 15:36:29

A poll of experts finds that a dramatic climate shift such as the death of the Amazon forest or the disappearance of Greenland's ice is more than 50 percent likely during the next 200 years under the worst case global warming scenarios. The survey of 52 scientists also revealed concerns that long-term global warming would spur drastic changes such as the disintegration of the ice sheet in West Antarctica, something that would raise world sea levels. "There's concern about the risks of massive...

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2009-02-24 07:20:00

A group of environment ministers landed on a remote corner of Antarctica on Monday to learn more about how the melting continent may threaten the Earth. The parka-clad representatives from more than twelve nations, including the U.S., China, Britain and Russia, were to meet scientists from the U.S. and Norway who were arriving after the last leg of a two-month, 1,400-mile trip over the ice from the South Pole. The group will gain "hands-on experience of the colossal magnitude of the Antarctic...

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2009-02-06 11:52:42

Sea levels could rise up to 21 feet in certain regions, according to a new report that takes into account new previously unconsidered factors. Geophysicists from the University of Toronto have previously reported that coastlines of North America and of nations in the southern Indian Ocean could face the greatest threats from a West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse. But in a new report, scientists found that some estimates failed to take certain factors into account. "We aren't suggesting that a...

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2008-12-15 09:47:24

As ice melts away from Antarctica, parts of the continental bedrock are rising in response -- and other parts are sinking, scientists have discovered. The finding will give much needed perspective to satellite instruments that measure ice loss on the continent, and help improve estimates of future sea level rise. "Our preliminary results show that we can dramatically improve our estimates of whether Antarctica is gaining or losing ice," said Terry Wilson, associate professor of earth sciences...

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2008-08-13 00:15:00

Four years of scientific research on ice core data has brought to light the warming trend in West Antarctica, the world's coldest climate.  According to the study, the West Antarctic warmed in response to higher temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which itself has been warming due to weather patterns including an El Nino event from 1939 to 1942 and greenhouse emissions from cars and factories. "An increasingly large part of the signal is becoming due to human activity," said the...


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