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Advances in Earth Science  2000, Vol. 15 Issue (5): 586-591    DOI: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2000.05.0586
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INTERNATIONAL STUDY ON ANTARCTIC ICE SHEET AND SEA LEVEL CHANGE∶A REVIEW
WEN Jia-hong
Polar Research Institute of China,Shanghai 200129,China
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Sea level rise is one of the major results induced by global warming. In the future century time-scale, global warming caused by greenhouse gases will continue, and sea level will keep rising. With respect to Antarctic ice sheet contribution to future sea level rise, many glaciologists suggest that, climate warming will brings more snowfall to Antarctica, and Antarctic ice sheet dynamic response to climate change is much more slow . Hence Antarctic Ice Sheet will mitigate sea level rise. However, some glaciologists have different opinions. They suggest that warming is not guaranted to increase snow accumulation greatly, and sudden changes in ice flow are to be expected from at least some ice sheets. These suggest great uncertainty regarding the role of Antarctica in future sea level change. Rapid regional atmospheric
warming in Antarctic Peninsula has resulted in collapsing many ice shelves over the past several decades.This implies that there is the possibility of climate and glacial dramatic changes in Antarctica nevertheless their loss has had no real effect on sea level. Antarctic mass balance and sea level is of great concern in
Antarctic and global change research.

Key words:  Climate warming      Sea level rise      Antarctic ice sheet.     
Received:  25 October 1999      Published:  01 October 2000
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WEN Jia-hong. INTERNATIONAL STUDY ON ANTARCTIC ICE SHEET AND SEA LEVEL CHANGE∶A REVIEW. Advances in Earth Science, 2000, 15(5): 586-591.

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