J. Phys. IV France
Volume 139, December 2006
Page(s) 175 - 183
From Regional Climate Modelling to the Exploration of Venus
C. Boutron
J. Phys. IV France 139 (2006) 175-183

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2006139013

Towards quantifying the contribution of the Antarctic ice sheet to global sea level change

M.R. van den Broeke

Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research, Utrecht University, PO Box 8005, 3508 TA Utrecht, The Netherlands

(Published online: 9 January 2007)

At present, the mass balance of the Antarctic Ice Sheet (AIS) and its contribution to global sea level change are poorly known. Current methods to determine AIS mass balance as well as the inherent uncertainties are discussed. Special emphasis is placed on the increasingly important role of regional atmospheric climate models, which can reduce the uncertainties in surface accumulation, the correction for the firn layer depth and density in ice thickness calculations and moreover help in interpreting surface elevation changes in terms of accumulation and firn density variability. Some recent advances in these fields of research are presented.

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