West Antarctic Ice Sheet change since the last glacial period

The potential for rapid deglaciation, or collapse, of the 2–million–square–kilometer West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) in response to climate change is one of the most serious environmental threats facing mankind. The WAIS is a marine ice sheet with large parts of its ice grounded below sea level. Complete collapse would result in a global sea level rise of approximately 5 meters, with immense social, economic, and ecological consequences.

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Publication status:
Published
Author(s):
Authors: Larter, R.D., Gohl, K., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Kuhn, G., Deen, T.J., Dietrich, R., Eagles, G., Johnson, J.S., Livermore, R.A., Nitsche, F.O., Pudsey, C.J., Schenke, H.-W., Smith, J.A., Udintsev, G., Uenzelmann-Neben, G.

On this site: Claus-Dieter Hillenbrand, James Smith, Joanne Johnson, Robert Larter
Date:
1 January, 2007
Journal/Source:
Eos. Transactions, American Geophysical Union / 88
Page(s):
189-190
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
https://doi.org/10.1029/2007EO170001