In my lecture notes it says
Schneider claims in his study that sea level change is the most dramatic and visible
effect of global warming.
Factors effecting present day sea level change include
1) Thermal expansion of the oceans
2)Total volume of water increasing due to melting of mountain glaciers
then it adds that water additions from large ice sheets is more complicated? Does anyone have any idea why this is? Or any science behind the complexity.
I know that the contribution to sea level rise from the melting of ice sheets is minimal, because most of the ice is underwater, but what about the ice sheet on greenland and antarctica? i have a feeling im missing something simple here?
Also do people agree with schnieder that sealevel change is the most dramatic effect of climate change in the 21st century?
EDIT: Iv just thourght is it something to with increasing percipitation in anatarctica, and changes in the hydrological cycle?
Edited by snixx - Mon, 05 Jan 2009 10:00:58 GMT
Edited by snixx - Mon, 05 Jan 2009 10:07:23 GMT