Statistics and the Future of the Antarctic Ice Sheet

One of the enduring symbols of the impact of climate change is that of a polar bear drifting in the sea, alone on its own piece of ice. For those who are left untouched by the loneliness of drifting polar bears, images of partially submerged lands and the devastation wrought by storm surges showcase some potentially frightening impacts of sea level rise on human life. The threat of sea level rise, in turn, is linked to the melting of ice sheets. Ice sheets are, therefore, important to understanding our planet, as well as learning about how our future may be affected by climate change. A promising approach to improving our understanding of ice sheets and derive sound projections of their future is to combine ice sheet physics, statistical modeling, and computing.

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