Atmosphere, Ocean and Ice Interactions in West Antarctica

Date: Tuesday 24 April 2018

Time: 18:30 - 20:00


University of East Anglia
Thomas Paine Study Centre Lecture Theatre
United Kingdom


SPEAKER | Richard Jones, Weatherquest and University of East Anglia

ABSTRACT | Complex atmosphere-ocean-ice interactions within the Amundsen Sea Embayment means that glaciers in the region are amongst the most rapidly retreating in Antarctica. Together they contribute ~10% to current annual global sea level rise. In 2014 I launched a unique set of 38 radiosondes during a rare visit to the region. The data from the radiosondes are combined with near-surface observations from automatic weather stations and research vessels to validate atmospheric models in the region. We also use data form ice cores collected on Pine Island Glacier to examine trends in precipitation in recent decades, an important component of the glaciers mass balance.

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