Polar ice sheets and climate change: global impacts

Sea-level rise, with associated effects such as increased frequency of severe storm surges, will be one of the greatest impacts of a warming world on human societies. Even if global warming stabilises, the ice sheets will continue to add to sea level for many centuries into the future. This report outlines the likely effect of global warming on the polar ice sheets, and the potential impacts of ice sheet change on sea level.


Authorised by the CEO of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre October 2019.

The ACE CRC was established and supported under the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Program.

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