Activity: Talk or presentation › Talk or presentation at a conference
Observing the polar ice sheets provides an opportunity to understand the potential drivers of planetary-scale climate system and global sea level rise on the Earth. The Antarctic Ice Sheet (AIS) alone stores ~90% of the world’s ice, equivalent to an approximately 65 m rise in global sea level after melting. The surge in atmospheric temperatures causes more production of surface meltwater, which transports through the transitional product of snow and ice called firn. Near the surface, the low-density firn layer also provides a porous medium for meltwater however it could be influenced by the roughness of the top surface. This urges the need to study the Antarctic firn for understanding the current state of ice sheet mass balance.