Antarctica is losing ice faster due to contact with warm ocean water. Normally to be found at greater depths, this warm ocean water now appears to be melting away the undersides of ice shelves. The findings to this effect made by an international group of polar researchers, including IMAU scientists, is published in Nature. The study represents an important step towards better predictions of sea-level rise.
- ‘Antarctic ice sheet loss driven by basal melting of ice shelves’, H.D Pritchard, S.R.M Ligtenberg, H.A Fricker, D.G Vaughan, M.R van den Broeke, L. Padman, Nature, 26 april 2012
- Press release Utrecht University
- Press release British Antarctic Survey
- IJs Antarctica smelt van onderaf, nieuwspagina NOS Journaal (in Dutch)