Thwaites Glacier: Biggest ever Antarctic field campaign

Thwaites

The Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica is not simply some far away place of scientific interest, but instead has become the focus of the biggest ever Antarctic field campaign. It has become apparent that what is happening there right now has the potential to greatly impact us … soon. Because of the risk, the biggest ever joint UK-US … Read moreThwaites Glacier: Biggest ever Antarctic field campaign

Antarctica Glaciers are in trouble – #Climate

Antarctic glacier

A new study has been published that reveals that warm ocean currents are rapidly eating away at Antarctic Glaciers at a rather alarming rate. The key to understanding this comes via a satellite analysis of the grounding lines of Antarctic glaciers. That’s the point at which the glacier rests on solid land. What has been … Read moreAntarctica Glaciers are in trouble – #Climate

What is the worst case scenario for sea level rise?

sea level rise

There is a new study that highlights what needs to happen if we are going to avoid a dramatic rise in sea level by 2100. The worst case scenario that we are now looking at is a rise of about four feet. The Study It is entitled “Linking sea level rise and socioeconomic indicators under … Read moreWhat is the worst case scenario for sea level rise?

Warm ocean is Rapidly Melting Antarctic Ice Shelf

Dotson ice shelf thinning

A new study grants us a bit of further insight into how a warming ocean is impacting the Antarctic. Entitled “Channelized Melting Drives Thinning Under a Rapidly Melting Antarctic Ice Shelf“, it was published a few days ago in Geophysical research Letters (full open access). It describes how the ocean is eating away underneath the Dotson … Read moreWarm ocean is Rapidly Melting Antarctic Ice Shelf

Life In Warm Steamy Ice Caves Beneath Antarctica’s Glaciers

ice cave

The Antarctic is of course glaciated and very very cold, that is well understood. What is new is the realisation that it is not all a barren lifeless landscape, but instead contains niches where life has potentially gained a foothold in a rather surprising way. Hidden under the ice are Geothermal ice caverns. This is because Antarctic … Read moreLife In Warm Steamy Ice Caves Beneath Antarctica’s Glaciers

Larsen C has finally split – It is one of the biggest icebergs ever recorded – #antarctic

Last December I was writing about the widening rift that had been measured in the Larsen C Ice Shelf in the Antarctic by NASA’s #ICEBridge. I highlighted the inevitable – the breakup of the Larsen C ice shelf,  and pointed out that this was part of the on-going process that had seen Larsen A disintegrate in … Read moreLarsen C has finally split – It is one of the biggest icebergs ever recorded – #antarctic