Amery Ice Shelf: Increase by 24% by 2021

The National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research has predicted that the Amery Ice Shelf is to expand 24% by 2021. The Ice Shelf would expand another 24% by 2026.

Highlights

The NCPOR observations is based on 16 year-long satellite observations. This covered 60,000 sq km of the Amery Ice Shelf.

Amery Ice Shelf

Amery Ice Shelf is located in the east coast of Antarctica. It is one of the largest ice shelf in the world. The mass balance and dynamics of the ice shelf help in understanding the changes in global climate scenario.

About the study

The Amery Ice Shelf extended by about 550 metres in 2017, 1470 metres in 2018 and 2200 metres in 2019. If the extension of the ice shelf continues, the positions will coincide with actual boundary conditions.

National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research

The NCPOR is the Indian Institution that performs country’s research activities in Polar and southern oceans. The institute is located in Goa. It performs geoscientific surveys in the extended continental shelf, deep-sea drilling in Arabian Sea basin and also explore the ocean for resources such as multi-metal sulphides, gas hydrates, etc.

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