Local weather impacts melting of one of Antarctica’s fastest-retreating glaciers

Local weather plays an important part in the retreat of the ice shelves in West Antarctica, according to new research published in the journal Nature Communications. The study led by scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) of the Pine Island Glacier (PIG) used a unique five-year record to study how the interactions between… Read more »

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Report from Workshop on West Antarctica

The Royal Society hosted a workshop on “West Antarctica and future sea-level rise” on 3-4 March 2016. The final report of the meeting has now been published and can be downloaded here.

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iSTAR Summary of activities

Since the 1990s, satellites have shown accelerating ice-loss driven by ocean change in five neighbouring glacier basins that drain more than one-third of West Antarctica. The rate of ice-loss here doubled in just six years and now accounts for ~10% of global sea-level rise. However, considerable uncertainty remains in projections of future ice-loss from West… Read more »

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Photography award for iSTAR student

A photograph taken during the iSTAR traverse on Pine Island Glacer has won top prize in a national competition. The image, of a caboose and field camp, was taken by Damon Davies, a PhD student in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh. Damon was a participant on both iSTAR traverses. The photo… Read more »

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