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NZARI Director discusses the relevance of recent East Antarctic study to New Zealand

 

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A new study by researchers in Germany has found thawing of the Wilkes Basin in East Antarctica could trigger an unstoppable slide of ice into the ocean and raise sea levels by three to four metres over the next thousand years.  

Professor Gary Wilson, Director of NZARI, discusses this study with RadioNZ's Mary Wilson and goes on to explain it's relevance to New Zealand and New Zealanders.

New Zealand has launched a new initiative to do some work on the Ross Ice Shelf, the biggest floating ice shelf around the West Antarctic margin and geographically closer to New Zealand.  This research will focus on discovering the oceanographic relationship to the water underneath this ice shelf and work to identify how vulnerable that system is to global warming.

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