Key parts of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets are melting as our climate changes but much of this decay is hidden. It’s not increasing air temperatures which are melting the ice, it’s where the ice is in contact with the ocean. It’s easy to detect this melting using satellites, but to understand how the ocean is melting the ice and the melt rate, we need to get in close to where the action is – the point where the ice and the oceans meet. This talk will describe what happens at these relatively small crucial boundaries and explain why this is vital for the future of the ice, the future global sea level and ultimately for the climate of our planet.
Speaker: Dr Mark Brandon, The Open University