Title: The global influence of ice-ocean interaction in Antarctica

Abstract: In this seminar, I will explore the oceanic processes that drive melting of Antarctica’s ice shelves. Different processes lead certain areas of the Antarctic Ice Sheet to be more susceptible to rapid ocean-driven melting, while other areas to be more resilient. I will also show the emergence of feedback between the ice sheet and Southern Ocean. Increased melting leads to warming of the oceanic waters surrounding Antarctica, with consequences for future sea level rise. I will conclude by briefly describing how increased melting of the Antarctic Ice Sheet affects the global ocean and its ability to store anthropogenic heat and carbon.

Speaker Information
Alessandro Silvano
Research Fellow
Ocean and Earth Sciences
University of Southampton
Eric Rignot
Date and Time: 
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 11:00am
The Jenkins Room | Croul Hall 3101