PHOTOGRAPH: DAVID J. PHILLIPGETTY IMAGES Lawmakers are poised to decide the fate of a massive project to protect the Texas coast from surging seawater. THIS STORY ORIGINALLY appeared on Undark and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. When Hurricane Ike made landfall in 2008, Bill Merrell took shelter on the second floor of a […]

Study sheds light on the future of the massive Thwaites Glacier. The world’s largest ice sheets may be in less danger of sudden collapse than previously predicted, according to new findings led by the University of Michigan. The study, published in Science, included simulating the demise of West Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier, […]

This was taken in the Scotia Sea during the coring campaign in 2007. Credit: Michael Weber New calculations show the rise due to warming would be 30% above forecasts. Global sea level rise associated with the possible collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has been significantly underestimated in previous […]

Destruction of the Larsen B platform in Antarctica, images from January 31 to April 13, 2002. Credit: NASA   ANIMATION Fractures from melting and run-off will indirectly lead to sea level rise. More than a third of the Antarctic’s ice shelf area could be at risk of collapsing into the sea […]

At the fringes of the Greenland Ice Sheet, where glaciers are constantly melting, water rushes everywhere through an intricate system of lakes and streams that branch out like slip and slide shoots of super chilled, bright turquoise water. Some of that water eventually cascades straight into the surrounding land and […]

Dr. Sebastian Rosier at Pine Island Glacier in 2015. Credit: Dr. Sebastian Rosier Researchers have confirmed for the first time that Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica could cross tipping points, leading to a rapid and irreversible retreat which would have significant consequences for global sea level. Pine Island Glacier […]

Satellite observations have been used to show widespread increases in ice speed across the Getz sector for the first time, with some ice accelerating into the ocean by nearly 50%. Credit: Pierre Dutrieux Glaciers in West Antarctica are moving more quickly from land into the ocean, contributing to rising global […]

Scientists have discovered that glaciers in the Getz region of Antarctica are increasing in speed as they flow towards the ocean. This new research, which includes data from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission, will help determine if these glaciers could collapse in the next few decades and how this would affect […]

Greenland glaciers 2018. Credit: NIOZ, Kim Sauter A new global ice sheet reconstruction for the past 80,000 years. During ice ages, the global mean sea level falls because large amounts seawater are stored in the form of huge continental glaciers. Until now, mathematical models of the last ice age could […]