A new report by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) reveals that while large climatic changes are taking place in parts of the Antarctic, such as the Antarctic Peninsula and West Antarctica, much of the continent has experienced little change. Such a pattern is consistent with the impact of the ozone hole and influences from the tropical Pacific Ocean, such as El Niño.

The Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment (ACCE) report provides an update on the scientific advances made since the last report in 2009.

Important areas in which the science has rapidly advanced include the debate on whether the Antarctic ice sheet is growing or shrinking, and separating the signals of human-induced change from natural variations in the climate system.

Professor John Turner, editor of the ACCE update, said “the ACCE update allowed us to bring many of the rapidly advancing topics of Antarctic Science up-to-date and produce a handy summary for people who want to know the latest advances in the science.”

View a short video interview that introduces the report by Professor Turner.

There are 10 key points that can be identified from the report and these can be seen here,

or you can view the full paper “Antarctic climate change and the environment: an update” for free here for a limited time.



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