UK: Researchers studying declassified spy satellite imagery from 1963 to 2012 have found that the changes in the outer margin of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet have a direct connection with the climate data in the region. The study suggests that if it does start to get warmer, then the glacier retreat would be unstoppable.
The team of researchers from the Durham University in the United Kingdom has found that the periods of expansion and retreat of the glaciers correspond with periods of warming and cooling in the atmosphere within the past 50 years. “All we have done is a quick health check,” said Chris Stokes, a professor of geography at Durham University. “What we want to do now is work out how fast the glaciers are flowing and how deep they are.” The scientists hope that, in the future, they will be able to more closely assess the interplay of climate and glacial patterns.