West Antarctic ice sheet and CO2 greenhouse effect: a threat of disaster

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Authors:Mercer, J. H.
Volume Title:Nature
Source:Nature. 271(5643). United Kingdom. P.321-325. ISSN: 0028-0836
Publication Date:1978
Note:55 refs. Ant. Acc. No: 19878. CRREL Acc. No: 32002880
Abstract:If the global consumption of fossil fuels continues to grow at its present rate, atmospheric CO2 content is expected to double in about 50 years. Climatic models suggest that the resultant greenhouse-warming effect will be greatly magnified in high latitudes. The computed temperature rise at 80S could start rapid deglaciation of West Antarctica, leading to a 5 m rise in sea level.
Index Terms:Ice sheet--Destruction; Climate; Atmosphere--Chemistry; Atmosphere--Temperature; Sea level; Shelf ice; Fuel; Ice sheets; Ice shelves; Climatic factors; Carbon dioxide; Air temperature; Fuels; Greenhouse effect
Publication Type:journal article
Record ID:65573
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