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The increasing role of Antarctic ice in sea-level rise

Published 16 Oct 2017

An international climate change expert will unravel the decades-long scientific effort to help determine Antarctica’s contribution to sea-level rise at an upcoming Victoria University of Wellington public lecture.

Professor of Polar Geodesy at the University of Tasmania Matt King, is visiting Wellington to give the Victoria University of Wellington's annual S.T. Lee Lecture in Antarctic Studies, hosted by the Antarctic Research Centre.

Professor King was awarded the Royal Society (London) Kavli Medal and Lecture in 2015, which recognises excellence in all fields of science and engineering relevant to the environment or energy.

More than 10 percent of Professor King’s research has been published in leading journals such as Science and Nature, and several of his papers were used in the latest assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

His research focuses on observing and modelling the Antarctic ice sheet, sea-level change and the changing shape of Earth.

In his lecture, Professor King will discuss the work that he undertook to determine the first consensus estimate of the present-day contribution of ice sheets to sea-level change. 

The lecture will be held on Monday 16 October.