Measurements of Antarctic Ice-Shelf Melt and Models of Global Climate Change

Aerial view of a field camp on Pine Island Glacier Ice Shelf.

Ability of ice shelves to regulate movement of Antarctic glaciers directly affects potential sea-level rise.

In a finding that is expected to vastly improve models of the global effects of climate change on sea-level rise, a National Science Foundation- (NSF) funded research team, working in one of Antarctica's most challenging environments, has produced the first direct measurements of how relatively warm sea water undercuts a floating ice shelf that normally retards the movement of glaciers from the Antarctic continent to the sea.

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Photo Credit: August Allen, National Science Foundation