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How vulnerable are the world's ice sheets to climate change?

The Greenland Ice Sheet lost 3,900 billion tonnes of ice. Image: Unsplash/ Ivan Bandura

Chris Stokes

Professor in the Department of Geography, Durham University

Guy Paxman

Assistant Professor (Research), Department of Geography., Durham University.

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A field camp on the surface of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet.
A field camp on the surface of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet. Image: The Conversation.
A graphic showing East Antarctic ice sheet's thickness.
Thickness of ice sheet in Antarctica. Image: The Conversation.

Iceberg towers that have broken off from the East Antarctic Ice Sheet.
Iceberg towers that have broken off from the East Antarctic Ice Sheet. Image: The Conversation.

The edge of Vanderford Glacier, one of the major outlet glaciers that appears to be thinning and retreating in Wilkes Land, East Antarctica.
The edge of Vanderford Glacier, one of the major outlet glaciers that appears to be thinning and retreating in Wilkes Land, East Antarctica. Image: The Conversation.

A graphic showing sea rise due to melting water from the Antarctic Ice Sheet.
How much the sea would rise thanks to melting water from the Each Antarctic Ice Sheet if warming was kept below 2C (left column in each year) and in an extreme warming scenario (right). Image: The Conversation.
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