Friday, October 21, 2005

The Science of Global Warming: sea level changes depend upon uncertain ice sheet dynamics

A study published in Science by Alley indicates that the dynamics of ice sheets are still too poorly understood to make confident and precise predictions of sea level changes. Sea Changes

Abstract:
Future sea-level rise is an important issue related to the continuing buildup of atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, with the potential to raise sea level ~70 meters if completely melted, dominate uncertainties in projected sea-level change. Freshwater fluxes from these ice sheets also may affect oceanic circulation, contributing to climate change. Observational and modeling advances have reduced many uncertainties related to ice-sheet behavior, but recently detected, rapid ice-marginal changes contributing to sea-level rise may indicate greater ice-sheet sensitivity to warming than previously considered.

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