PerspectiveClimate Change

Why Is It Hard to Predict the Future of Ice Sheets?

Science  16 Mar 2007:
Vol. 315, Issue 5818, pp. 1503-1504
DOI: 10.1126/science.1141111

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Summary

Ice sheet retreat, hypotheses of instability could be missing important processes that limit the rate or extent of retreat, or conversely, Ice sheet behavior is strongly influenced by processes at its margin and base. Observations of rapid changes at these boundaries are helping modelers to improve predictions of future changes.