Changing Antarctic Winds Create New Sea Level Threat

Gale force winds in Admiralty Bay, Antarctica. Captions and Photo source: ©© Matt S


New research shows projected changes in the winds circling the Antarctic may accelerate global sea level rise significantly more than previously estimated. Changes to Antarctic winds have already been linked to southern Australia’s drying climate but now it appears they may also have a profound impact on warming ocean temperatures under the ice shelves along the coastline of West and East Antarctic.

“When we first saw the results it was quite a shock. It was one of the few cases where I hoped the science was wrong,” Dr Spence said…

“Dramatic rises in sea level are almost inevitable if we continue to emit greenhouse gases at the current rate…”

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