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Antarctic climate change and the environment.

Convey, P. and Bindschadler, R. and di Prisco, G. and Fahrbach, E. and Gutt, J. and Hodgson, D. A. and Mayewski, P. A. and Summerhayes, C. P. and Turner, J. and ACCE Consortium (incl Bentley M.J.), (2009) 'Antarctic climate change and the environment.', Antarctic science., 21 (6). pp. 541-563.


The Antarctic climate system varies on timescales from orbital, through millennial to sub-annual, and is closely coupled to other parts of the global climate system. We review these variations from the perspective of the geological and glaciological records and the recent historical period from which we have instrumental data (the last 50 years). We consider their consequences for the biosphere, and show how the latest numerical models project changes into the future, taking into account human actions in the form of the release of greenhouse gases and chlorofluorocarbons into the atmosphere. In doing so, we provide an essential Southern Hemisphere companion to the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Antarctica, Biology, Environmental change, Geology, Glaciology, Southern Ocean.
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Publisher statement:© Copyright Antarctic Science Ltd. This paper has been published by Cambridge University Press in "Antarctic science." (21: 6 (2009) 541-563)
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Date deposited:25 May 2010
Date of first online publication:December 2009
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