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Keynote presentation

The Antarctic cryosphere: changes, challenges and chances

Ian Allison, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, Hobart

Technological advances over the last two decades, particularly in space-borne observation systems, have provided large-scale, quantitative information on changes to the Antarctic ice sheet and sea ice,  and to glaciers on sub-Antarctic islands.  There is clear evidence that change is occurring, although in many cases there is considerable regional variability and remaining uncertainty in its magnitude, particularly in East Antarctica.  The processes of change, which include complex interactions between ice, ocean and atmosphere, and their ultimate drivers, are also not always well enough understood to project the future of the Antarctic environment. This presentation will provide an overview of what we know about changes to Antarctic ice and snow, what are the major gaps in our understanding of the changes and their causes, and what are the strategic opportunities to address these gaps within the Antarctic science programs of Australia and New Zealand.

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Key dates

  • 11th June 2013
    Registrations close
  • 21st June 2013
    Registrations at the AAD open for staff
  • 24th June 2013
    Registrations at the venue open
  • 24th June 2013
    Conference commences
  • 26th June 2013
    Conference concludes

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