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Glasgow Skeptics visit Cafe Sci: Antarctica – The Case of the Missing Water

March 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Cafe Sci Poster

So we don’t have an official Glasgow Skeptics event on this date … but our friends over in Cafe Scientifique have got something to tickle your fancy instead.

The topic this time: Antarctica – The Case of the Missing Water

When ice sheets grow, global sea level lowers. At the time of the last glacial maximum, about 22,000 years ago, the global sea level was about 132m lower than it is today. But estimates of the volume of ice held in the North American, Greenland, and Eurasian Ice Sheets add up to an ice-equivalent sea-level change of 104m. The missing 28m of sea level rise has previously been attributed to the less well-known Antarctic ice sheet. We now estimate that the Antarctic contribution since the last glacial maximum is closer to 9.9 m. So where is the missing 18.1m of global sea level?

About the Speaker:
Derek Fabel works at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre. He is a geomorphologist (studying Earth surface processes and landforms) and AMS ccientist (measuring the concentration of extremely rare cosmogenic isotopes in minerals and organic materials). As Head of the NERC Cosmogenic Isotope Analysis Facility, he is involved in quantifying the natural processes that shape the surface of the Earth. His research focuses on quantifying the rate of change of ice masses on our planet, and the effect this has on global sea level. He has participated in four Antarctic expeditions, most recently in 2018.
For more information about Café Scientifique: Visit their website: http://www.gla.ac.uk/events/cafescientifique/
The talk is free – although they do ask for donations
Accessibility: The talk is on the top floor of the store. There is a lift available for those unable to use the stairs.


March 4, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Waterstones Sauchiehall Street
163-157 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3EW United Kingdom
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