Global warming and the stability of the West Antarctic ice sheet

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Abstract

Of today's great ice sheets, the West Antarctic Ice Sheet poses the most Immediate threat of a large sea-level rise, owing to its potential instability. Complete release of its ice to the ocean would raise global mean sea level by four to six metres, causing major coastal flooding worldwide. Human-induced climate change may play a significant role in controlling the long-term stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and in determining its contrlbution to sea-level change in the near future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-332
Number of pages8
JournalNature
Volume393
Issue number6683
DOIs
StatePublished - May 28 1998
Externally publishedYes

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