Melting ice, rising seas

Dr. Peter Kuipers Munneke
Woensdag 20 september 2023, 12:40 - 13:45
Blauwe Zaal, Auditorium
Prijs: Gratis (Student) Gratis (Anderen)

The enormous ice sheets on Greenland and Antarctica are melting even faster than most models predict. Polar researcher and NOS weatherman Peter Kuipers Munneke studies how and how quickly the polar ice sheets are responding to warming, and what this means for future global sea-level. Technical innovations in satellite observation and computing power are key to monitoring and understanding the ice sheets. Peter Kuipers Munneke will address the latest developments and insights, including multi-meter sea-level rise and the increase in extreme weather worldwide.

Please note that this program will last until 1:45 p.m. It will not be possible to leave the hall earlier.

In recent decades, the vast ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica have begun to lose increasingly more ice. This could be the beginning of a long process in which large parts of the ice sheets – one of the important components of the Earth system – will ultimately disappear due to rising global temperatures, mainly caused by human activity. Among other things, this would cause sea levels to rise by many meters worldwide. But how fast? And by how much? Peter Kuipers Munneke will show that, in order to understand the present and future behavior of the ice sheets, we must heavily rely on ever better satellites and ever faster computers.

Dr. Peter Kuipers Munneke studied physics, has a PhD in glaciology and is a scientist in the field of glaciology and polar meteorology at the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU), part of Utrecht University. He specializes in the interaction of ice, snow, and the atmosphere, particularly in the evolution of the firn layer (a coarse-grained layer of snow and ice), and has conducted several field campaigns on Greenland, Antarctica, and on glaciers in Spitsbergen. He is also a meteorologist for NOS, the largest news organization in the Netherlands.

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