Title Evolution of the Antarctic ice sheet; new understanding and challenges
Author Payne, A.J.; Hunt, J.C.R.; Wingham, D.J.
Author Affil Payne, A.J., University of Bristol, Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling, Bristol, United Kingdom. Other: University College London, United Kingdom; University College London, United Kingdom
Source Philosophical Transactions - Royal Society. Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 364(1844), p.1867-1872, ; Evolution of the Antarctic ice sheet; new understanding and challenges, London, United Kingdom, Oct. 17-18, 2005, edited by A.J. Payne and P. Sammonds. Publisher: Royal Society of London, London, United Kingdom. ISSN: 1364-503X
Publication Date July 15, 2006
Notes In English. 26 refs. Ant. Acc. No: 81468. CRREL Acc. No: 61001508
Index Terms climatic change; glacial geology; glaciers; ice sheets; remote sensing; Antarctica--Antarctic ice sheet; Antarctic ice sheet; Antarctica; Cenozoic; climate change; International Polar Year 2007-08; IPY 2007-08 Research Publications; Quaternary; satellite methods
Abstract This brief paper has two purposes. First, we gauge developments in the study of the Antarctic ice sheet over the last seven years by comparing the contents of this issue with the volume produced from an American Geophysical Union meeting, held in September 1998, on the West Antarctic ice sheet. We focus on the uptake of satellite-based observation; ice-ocean interactions; ice streams as foci of change within the ice sheet; and the time scales on which the ice sheet is thought to operate. Second, we attempt to anticipate the future challenges that the study of the Antarctic ice sheet will present. We highlight the role of the upcoming International Polar Year in facilitating a better coverage of in situ climatic observations over the continent; the pressing need to understand the causes and consequences of the contemporary changes observed in the Amundsen Sea sector of West Antarctica; and the need for improved physics in predictive models of the ice sheet.
URL http://hdl.handle.net/10.1098/rsta.2006.1802
Publication Type conference paper or compendium article
Record ID 273554