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OCEANS: How Does the Antarctic Ice Sheet Affect Sea Level Rise?

Edited: 2011-02-23
TitleOCEANS: How Does the Antarctic Ice Sheet Affect Sea Level Rise?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsVaughan, D. G.
JournalScience
Volume308
Issue5730
Pagination1877 - 1878
Date Published06/2005
ISSN1095-9203
Keywordsice, sea_level
Abstract

Global sea levels are predicted to rise as a result of global warming, but many contributions to this sea level rise are poorly understood. The contribution of the Antarctic ice sheet is particularly uncertain. In his Perspective, Vaughan highlights the report by Davis et al. , who have used satellite data to compile an 11-year record of surface elevation change in Antarctica. The resulting maps show that the ice sheet is thickening in some areas and thinning in others. Vaughan cautions that the complex patterns of change in Antarctica preclude prediction of which effect will dominate in the future.

DOI10.1126/science.1114670
Short TitleScience