Snow is blown off of the calving front off of Thurston Island in western Antarctica in this photo, taken in November 2014. New findings show the western side of Antarctica to be more vulnerable to warming oceans — and increased ice loss — than first thought by the scientific community. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / CC BY 2.0
To someone living in the Earth’s Northern Hemisphere, ice loss in Antarctica may seem like a distant area of concern.
Not true, says Andrew Shepherd.
Shepherd, a professor of Earth observation at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, recently led a group of 80 researchers stationed across the planet to collect data, observations and insights into the ice loss of the Antarctic Ice Sheet.