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Antarctic ice cliffs may not contribute to ice-sheet instability as much as predicted

November 7, 2019

Antarctica’s ice sheet spans close to twice the area of the contiguous United States. Its land boundary is…
Princeton to take part in new U.S.-Swedish initiative on artificial intelligence and sustainability

October 17, 2019

The intensive fires in the Amazon, the rapid melting of glaciers and ice sheets, and continued loss of…
Thousands of meltwater lakes mapped on the East Antarctic Ice Sheet

September 26, 2019

The number of meltwater lakes on the surface of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet is more significant than…
Building a Better Model for Arctic Ice

September 23, 2019

It’s abundantly clear that arctic sea ice is melting, and doing so at an increasing rate. But the…
Ice sheets impact core elements of the Earth’s carbon cycle

August 20, 2019

The Earth’s carbon cycle is crucial in controlling the greenhouse gas content of our atmosphere, and ultimately our…
Glaciologists unveil most precise map ever of Antarctic ice velocity

August 1, 2019

Constructed from a quarter century’s worth of satellite data, a new map of Antarctic ice velocity by glaciologists…
Ross Sea Floats Show Why Antarctica’s Largest Ice Shelf Melts Rapidly in Summer

July 23, 2019

A new study in Antarctic waters has found a significant decrease of salinity, or freshening of the seawater…
Strong storms also play big role in Antarctic ice shelf collapse

July 22, 2019

Warming temperatures and changes in ocean circulation and salinity are driving the breakup of ice sheets in Antarctica,…
New research shows how melting ice is affecting supplies of nutrients to the sea

June 26, 2019

The findings of a research expedition to coastal Greenland which examined, for the first time, how melting ice…
Study Predicts More Long-Term Sea Level Rise from Greenland Ice

June 20, 2019

Greenland’s melting ice sheet could generate more sea level rise than previously thought if greenhouse gas emissions continue…
When it comes to climate change, don’t forget the microbes

June 19, 2019

Scientists are rightly focused on anticipating and preventing the major impacts that climate change will have on humans,…
Warming Waters in Western Tropical Pacific May Affect West Antarctic Ice Sheet

June 19, 2019

Warming waters in the western tropical Pacific Ocean have significantly increased thunderstorms and rainfall, which may affect the…
The hole in the sea ice as seen by NASA satellite imagery on September 25, 2017. Image credit: NASA
Data from robotic drifters explain mysterious holes in Antarctic sea ice

June 14, 2019

Winter ice on the surface of Antarctica’s Weddell Sea sometimes has an enormous hole called a polynya. A…
Mysterious Holes in Antarctic Sea Ice Explained by Years of Robotic Data

June 11, 2019

The winter ice on the surface of Antarctica’s Weddell Sea occasionally develops an enormous hole. In 2016 and…
First ICESat-2 Global Data Released: Ice, Forests and More

May 29, 2019

More than a trillion new measurements of Earth’s height – blanketing everything from glaciers in Greenland, to mangrove…
Study Uncovers Surprising Melting Patterns Beneath Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf

May 27, 2019

In a study published in Nature Geoscience a team of scientists, including glaciologists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at…
Expert judgement provides better understanding of the effect of melting ice sheets

May 21, 2019

Melting ice sheets in Greenland and the Antarctic, and subsequent sea level rise (SLR) this will cause, is…
24% of West Antarctic ice is now unstable

May 20, 2019

During the past 25 years, ocean melting has caused ice thinning to spread across one quarter of the…
Melting ice sheets may cause ‘climate chaos’ according to new modelling

February 14, 2019

The weather these days is wild and will be wilder still within a century. In part, because the…
New climate models suggest that future sea level rise could be much lower than previously feared

February 14, 2019

Two papers published in Nature call into doubt recent predictions of imminent Antarctic ice sheet collapse. They are…
One year into the mission, autonomous ocean robots set a record in survey of Antarctic ice shelf

January 25, 2019

A team of ocean robots deployed in January 2018 have, over the past year, been the first self-guided…
Antarctic ice sheet could suffer a one-two climate punch

January 16, 2019

Scientists have long speculated that our planet’s climate system is intimately linked to the Earth’s celestial motions. The…
Antarctica losing six times more ice mass annually now than 40 years ago

January 16, 2019

Antarctica experienced a sixfold increase in yearly ice mass loss between 1979 and 2017, according to a study…
UW glaciologist gets first look at NASA’s new measurements of ice sheet elevation

December 17, 2018

Less than three months into its mission, NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, is already exceeding…
Nebraska team to help tap ecosystems beneath Antarctic ice sheet

December 12, 2018

From a remote field camp nearly 500 miles from the South Pole, a University of Nebraska–Lincoln team of…
Study: Earth’s polar regions communicate via oceanic “postcards,” atmospheric “text messages”

November 30, 2018

Scientists have documented a two-part climatic connection between the North Atlantic Ocean and Antarctica, a fast atmospheric channel…
Arctic ice cap destabilizes at ‘unprecedented’ speed

October 2, 2018

Satellite images revealing an Arctic ice cap destabilizing at “unexpected and unprecedented” speed have scientists questioning the long-term…
Melting Arctic ice revamping world’s shipping routes—prompting China’s “Polar Silk Road”

September 21, 2018

Rising temperatures are melting the Arctic ice, opening new shipping routes and prompting world powers to jostle for…
Volcano under ice sheet suggests thickening of West Antarctic ice is short-term

September 18, 2018

A region of West Antarctica is behaving differently from most of the continent’s ice: A large patch of…
Rapidly rising bedrock may help delay Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse

July 3, 2018

The bedrock beneath West Antarctica is rising rapidly in response to the ongoing ice melt of the West…
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