Airborne radar surveys and data-based models indicate West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse is underway

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Airborne radar surveys and data-based models indicate West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse is underway
Posted: May 16, 2014

Discovery is latest outcome of NSF-funded International Polar Year Research:

National Science Foundation- (NSF) funded researchers at the University of Washington have concluded that Antarctica's fast-moving Thwaites Glacier will likely disappear in a matter of centuries, potentially raising sea level by more than a half-a-meter (two feet).

Data gathered by NSF-funded airborne radar, detailed topography maps and computer modeling were used to make the determination.

The glacier acts as an ice dam, stabilizing and regulating movement toward the sea of the massive West Antarctic Ice Sheet. The ice sheet contains enough ice to cause another 3 to 4 meters (10 to 13 feet) of global sea level rise.

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