How Kelvin waves convert East Antarctic winds to West Antarctic ice melt

Credit: NASA/Jane PetersonEstimates of just how much sea levels will rise and inundate coastal areas vary widely. One of the reasons is that scientists just aren’t sure how quickly the vast ice sheets of Antarctica might melt into the sea because of the myriad triggers causing the ocean warming that is fueling that melt. New research suggests one more unexpected culprit: Changing winds at one end of the continent could actually be setting off a series of changes, like a set of falling dominoes, that pushes warm water below the ice at the other end, thousands of miles away. Finding these pieces of the Antarctic melt puzzle and putting them together will help scientists better pin down how much sea level rise is in store as the world warms, and when cities from Miami to Shanghai may largely disappear from the map. Sea levels have already risen by about 8 inches since the beginning of the 20th century from a combination of melting polar ice and the expansion of ocean waters as they

How Kelvin waves convert East Antarctic winds to West Antarctic ice melt

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Stronger winds heat up West Antarctic ice melt

New research published today in Nature Climate Change has revealed how strengthening winds on the opposite side of Antarctica, up to 6000kms away, drive the high rate of ice melt along the West ...

Mon 17 Jul 17 from Phys.org

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Wed 19 Jul 17 from Daily Mail

Antarctic sea ice is melting because of strong winds

Researchers from University of New South Wales in Australia found strong gusts from the eastern coast on Antarctica are driving waves of warm water towards the ice.

Mon 17 Jul 17 from Daily Mail

Strong winds heat up west Antarctic ice

Strong winds in eastern Antarctica are causing ice to melt in the west Antarctic peninsula, located as far away as 6,000 km, according to a study.The study, published in Nature Climate Change, ...

Tue 18 Jul 17 from The Hindu

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