"The global influence of ice-ocean interaction in Antarctica"
This lecture is free for members of the Royal Society of Tasmania. Others are very welcome to attend and are invited to make a donation of $6 adults/$4 students, Friends of TMAG and Friends of QVMAG through our website, rst.org.au
Dr Silvano will explore the oceanic processes that drive melting of the Antarctic Ice Sheet. Different processes lead to certain areas of the Antarctic Ice Sheet being more susceptible to rapid ocean-driven melting, while other areas are more resilient. He will describe the emergence of feedback between the ice sheet and Southern Ocean. Increased ice melting leads to warming of the oceanic waters surrounding Antarctica and has consequences for future sea level rise. Furthermore, increased melting of the Antarctic Ice Sheet affects the global ocean and its ability to store anthropogenic heat and carbon.