COP28 Video of the Week: “Why East Antarctica is a ‘Sleeping Giant’ of Sea Level Rise”

The East Antarctic Ice Sheet stores the equivalent of 52 meters of sea-level rise, more than four times greater than both Greenland and West Antarctica combined. Although often viewed as less vulnerable to global warming, East Antarctica could increase global sea-level rise by several meters over the next few centuries if emissions remain on their current trajectory. Even small changes in East Antarctica will have catastrophic impacts on low-lying and coastal regions across the globe. Dr. Matt King, University of Tasmania, makes clear that every fraction of a degree matters.

By Amy Imdieke, Global Outreach Director, and Pam Pearson, Director of ICCI.
Published Apr. 19, 2024      Updated Apr. 19, 2024 7:45 pm