By some estimates, ice melt in the Antarctic is expected to push global sea levels up by 22.8 inches (58cm) by the end of the century if climate change goes on unchecked. Paired with ice melt in the northern polar circle, sea levels could rise by a staggering five feet (1.5m) by the year 2100. And yet, scientists in the US fear projections could be off, thanks to weather fluctuations that can have a significant impact on melting ice. Understanding the full range or distribution of projections for a risk factor like sea level rise, especially the tail ends, is part of what makes Riskthinking.AI’s scenarios so valuable.
The rate at which Antarctic ice loss has contributed to sea level rise has accelerated in recent years, which means higher sea-levels, greater incidence of coastal flooding, and contributions to a litany of other climate risk factors that will impact our world.
New data from space is providing the most precise picture yet of Antarctica’s ice, where it is accumulating most quickly and disappearing at the fastest rate, and how the changes could contribute to rising sea levels.