The Future of the Antarctic Ice Sheet

Date: November 16, 2015
Time: 5.30 - 6.30


IMAS Waterfront Building
Castray Esplanade, Hobart


Presented by Dr Steve Rintoul.

In early 2015, the Aurora Australis was the first ship to ever reach the edge East Antarctica’s fastest thinning glacier – the Totten.

Thanks to a lucky break in the sea ice and some bold manoeuvring, scientists were able to take the first direct measurements of the ocean alongside the Totten.

What they found has led to a rethink of our understanding of East Antarctic Ice Sheet, suggesting that the huge ice shelves surrounding the continent are more vulnerable to ocean warming than previously thought.

In this lecture, voyage leader Steve Rintoul, will explain the latest science on how the Southern Ocean is changing and the consequences of those changes for the climate, sea level and the future of the Antarctic ice sheet.



This event is co-sponsored by the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) and the Australian Research Council’s Antarctic Gateway Partnership Special Research Initiative.


Event audience: Everyone

  • Antarctic Science
  • antarctica
  • Climate Change
  • oceanography