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Participants at a GIFT workshop (Credit: Jane Robb/EGU)

Educational resource Deducing how Antarctica will respond to climate change

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Deducing how Antarctica will respond to climate change

Associated divisions
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Cryospheric Sciences (CR)
Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology (SSP)


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The article and activity sheet are available through the following link:

Type of activities
Practical Work


Antarctica holds a huge volume of ice – enough to raise global sea levels by 65 metres if it all melted. This means it is vitally important to understand how the Antarctic Ice Sheet is likely to be affected by rising global temperatures. Dr Denise Kulhanek, at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel in Germany, Dr Brian Romans, at Virginia Tech in the US, and Dr Molly Patterson, from Binghamton University in the US, are collaborating to make these predictions by delving deep into Antarctica’s geological past.

This brochure introduces Denise, Brian and Molly’s work, offers an insight into careers in geoscience, contains interviews with the team members and includes an activity sheet that challenges students to communicate the science behind Antarctica’s response to climate change.