Meltwater Pulse 2B

This video, from Yale Climate Connections, explores the 2014 melting of the West Antarctic ice sheet that captured headlines. Interviews, animations, and news broadcasts explore what the melting meant for both the future of some of the Antarctic glaciers and sea level rise, and informs the viewer how seafloor terrain influences the speed of ice sheet melt.

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Yale Climate Forum

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Would be a good addition to a class on ice sheets and melt rates, sea level rise, or general cryosphere studies. Could be used as a jumping off point to have students look into some of the data given here to learn more about the topography of Antarctica, the amount of water stored in the ice, or as a reason to learn more about the cryosphere.