Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment

Review

The first comprehensive review of the state of Antarctica’s climate and its relationship to the global climate system published by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). It presents the latest research, identifies areas for future scientific research and addresses the urgent questions that policy makers have about Antarctic melting, sea-level rise and biodiversity.

Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment

Based on the latest evidence from 100 world-leading scientists from eight countries, the review focuses on the impact and consequences of rapid warming of the Antarctic Peninsula and the Southern Ocean:

  • rapid ice loss in parts of Antarctica
  • 10% increase in sea ice around the continent
  • impact of climate change on Antarctica’s plants and animals
  • unprecedented increase in carbon dioxide levels
  • connections between human-induced global change and natural variability
  • finding that the ozone hole has shielded most of Antarctica from global warming

Source: Source: SCAR

Categories

  • Biosphere
  • Climatic effects
  • Cryosphere
  • Ecosystem
  • Effect
  • Ice sheets
  • Impacts of climate change
  • Permafrost
  • Sea ice

You can download the 10 key findings and additional information of the report at:
www.scar.org [1]

English