Melting West Antarctic Ice Sheet: A Ticking Time Bomb
November 14, 2023
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) is melting due to the warming of the global ocean, a phenomenon that threatens to cause a significant rise in global sea levels. This rise, if unchecked, could have devastating impacts on coastal communities worldwide. The melting trend is likely to continue, despite global efforts to achieve net zero emissions. However, a ray of hope emerges from the Sensitivity of the WAIS to 2°C (SWAIS2C) project, which aims to gather more data on how West Antarctica reacts to warmer periods and whether emission cuts could limit the melting.