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Melting ice - rising seas: Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment

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  • UserDr. Colin Summerhayes, a marine geologist, is a past Director of the UK's Institute of Oceanographic Sciences Deacon Laboratory and a former Deputy Director of the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.
  • ClockSaturday 30 October 2010, 20:00-21:00
  • HouseSPRI Lecture Theatre, Lensfield Road.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Robin Back.

Doors open 7:30PM

Despite global warming, the ozone hole is keeping Antarctica colder than it would be otherwise and making sea ice grow. The Antarctic Peninsula is warming, affecting penguins; East Antarctica, however, is still cold. Warm ocean currents reach the continental shelf off West Antarctica, melting glaciers from beneath and making them speed up. Antarctica and Greenland are now both losing land ice, making sea level rise faster than expected. In future the continent will warm more, land ice will melt, sea ice will shrink, and penguin productivity will drop. There are significant implications for coastal communities in the impending sea-level rise.

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