Nature Communications | Review Article | open
The Earth’s polar ice sheets contain the equivalent of about 65 metres of sea level rise, and they are losing mass. Meltwater runoff, glacier retreat and ice shelf collapse have been observed in Greenland, West Antarctica, and the Antarctic Peninsula, and evidence of ice shelf thinning in East Antarctica is also emerging.
Understanding the sensitivity of the polar ice sheets to anthropogenic warming remains a major research challenge. In order to constrain future projections of ice sheet variability and the ensuing effects on the global climate system, we must better understand internal ice sheet variability, the interaction between ice sheets, the ocean, the atmosphere and the solid Earth, and improve our knowledge of ice sheet behaviour during past periods of climate change.
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