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Recent temperature trends in the Antarctic


It is important to understand how temperatures across the Antarctic have changed in recent decades because of the huge amount of fresh water locked into the ice sheet and the impact that temperature changes may have on the ice volume. Doran et al.1 claim that there has been a net cooling of the entire continent between 1966 and 2000, particularly during summer and autumn. We argue that this result has arisen because of an inappropriate extrapolation of station data across large, data-sparse areas of the Antarctic.

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Turner, J., King, J., Lachlan-Cope, T. et al. Recent temperature trends in the Antarctic. Nature 418, 291–292 (2002).

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