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BNP Paribas Foundation backs EAIIST project.

Paris: The BNP Paribas Foundation is backing the East Antarctic International Ice Sheet Traverse (EAIIST) project as part of its Climate Initiative program.

Its goal? Collecting unprecedented data to model the evolution of East Antarctica, a region still largely unexplored, and its possible consequences on ocean level rise.

One of the great imponderables of climate change will be Antarctica's response to today's warming over the decades ahead. What we do know is that it is already losing mass along the coastal margins: the glaciers are fast approaching the sea, iceberg calving is well under way, and temperatures sometimes reach the fatal 0degC mark. However, some models predict that the warming of the oceans and atmosphere will increase evaporation, resulting in higher rainfall as far as Antarctica. Given the continent's surface area, this could in fact offset the loss of coastal ice and thus drastically reduce the ice continent's contribution to the rising sea level.

This makes knowing whether Antarctica is gaining or losing ice a key concern for human kind, and the answer to this imponderable urgent. If we know that there is ice loss along the cost, what about the vast central regions of Antarctica? Can they offset these coastal losses and even put an end to rising sea levels in a few decades? To start piecing together the answers to these questions, a team of French, Italian, US and Australian researchers coordinated by Joel Savarino, a researcher from CNRS at the Institut de Geosciences de l'Environnement (CNRS/Universite Grenoble Alpes/IRD/Grenoble INP), will traverse the South Pole on an unprecedented scientific expedition.

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Date:Dec 16, 2017
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