|Global warming and the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet|
Oppenheimer, M. (1998). Global warming and the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Nature (Lond.) 393: 325-332
In: Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science. Nature Publishing Group: London. ISSN 0028-0836, more
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Of today’s great ice sheets, the West Antarctic Ice Sheet poses the most immediate threat of a large sea-level rise, owing to its potential instability. Complete release of its ice to the ocean would raise globalmean sea level by four to six metres, causing major coastal flooding worldwide. Human-induced climate change may play a significant role in controlling the long-term stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and in determining its contribution to sea-level change in the near future.