project . 2012 - 2018 . Closed

BRITICE-CHRONO: Constraining rates and style of marine-influenced ice sheet decay

UK Research and Innovation
  • Funder: UK Research and InnovationProject code: NE/J009768/1
  • Funded under: NERC Funder Contribution: 699,361 GBP
  • Status: Closed
  • Start Date
    26 Sep 2012
    End Date
    27 Sep 2018
Description
Recent satellite measurements of the Earth's polar ice sheets highlight that changes in ice extent and thickness are occurring at rates far higher than expected. The challenge for researchers is to place these observations into a longer-term context and produce computer models ('ice sheet forecasts') that reliably predict the fate of ice sheets over this century and beyond. Although remote from habitation, the polar ice sheets influence global sea level. Retreat by increased melting and iceberg calving produces higher sea levels and concerns exist that sea level may rise by metres displacing many millions of people, and their livelihoods, from their coastal home...
Description
Recent satellite measurements of the Earth's polar ice sheets highlight that changes in ice extent and thickness are occurring at rates far higher than expected. The challenge for researchers is to place these observations into a longer-term context and produce computer models ('ice sheet forecasts') that reliably predict the fate of ice sheets over this century and beyond. Although remote from habitation, the polar ice sheets influence global sea level. Retreat by increased melting and iceberg calving produces higher sea levels and concerns exist that sea level may rise by metres displacing many millions of people, and their livelihoods, from their coastal home...
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