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Science and Research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean

Elephant seals become Antarctic researchers

Elephant seals show water from Antarctica’s melting ice shelves slows processes responsible for forming deep-water currents… Read more »

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Open Science Conference 2016 kicks off in Kuala Lumpur

The SCAR Open Science Conference 2016 kicked off in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, with delegates and participants arriving at the biennial event to discuss a wide range of Antarctic issues.… Read more »

ICECAP researchers use long-range drones to study East Antarctic Ice Sheet

A team of researchers with ICECAP has been using long-range drones to monitor more efficiently changes to the East Antarctic Ice Sheet… Read more »

Jonathan Bamber on Ice Sheets and Sea Level Rise [video]

Professor Jonathan Bamber of the University of Bristol discusses the latest projections for global sea level rise, and how New Zealand will be affected.… Read more »

Scientists may have found Antarctica's second-largest under-ice lake

According to an article released in New Scientist, scientists may have discovered a large subglacial lake in Antarctica second only to the remote Lake Vostok in size.… Read more »

Changing ocean chemistry may threaten Antarctic food chain

University of California researchers have collected the first long-term evidence that links rising levels of carbon in Antarctic waters to the inability of pteropods to build their protective shells.… Read more »

"Upside-down rivers" threaten Antarctic ice shelves

“Upside-down rivers” of warm ocean water are threatening the stability of floating ice shelves in Antarctica, according to a new research from the National Snow and Ice Data Center in the US.… Read more »

Researchers use seismometers to uncover the geology beneath Antarctica's ice

Seismic research by scientists from Washington University in St. Louis resulted in the discovery of a ‘hot zone’ beneath West Antarctica, thought to have a major influence on the flow of ice streams.… Read more »

National Science Foundation research suggests king crabs could move to warmer waters

Researchers at the US National Science Foundation believe that king crab populations returning to the shallow continental shelf could become high-level predators and disrupt the ecosystem there.… Read more »

How Antarctic clouds could help reveal the effects of climate change

Antarctica’s massive ice sheet acts as a global heat sink. As a result, changes in the make-up of Antarctic clouds, such as the amount of ground they cover or how much radiation they absorb, can have ripple effects as far away as the tropics. Climate change researchers need to understand the physics of these clouds if they are to correctly work out how weather around the globe will change as the polar regions warm.… Read more »