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Associated Talk | Lessons from the Arctic: Race to save the South Pole - a scientist's view

Event 3 of the Associated Talks accompanying the exhibition “Lessons from the Arctic'

Changes caused by natural and anthropogenic drivers are communicated to the Antarctic region by oceanic and atmospheric processes, and influence the polar atmosphere, ocean, ice sheet, sea ice, and biosphere.

Likewise, changes to the region and the surrounding Southern Ocean have worldwide consequences. Arguably, the biggest uncertainty of societal and policy relevance facing climate science today is, “What will be the future contribution of the Antarctic ice sheet to global sea level rise?” The latest science says that limiting global warming to less than 2°C, the target of the Paris Agreement, may prevent the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets from major melt down, and vastly reduce the risks from catastrophic sea-level rise.

James and Tim will explain how the Antarctic ice sheet is now changing in response to global warming, and the increasing risk that it could soon be too late save the South Pole as we know it! No booking required. Refreshments are provided after the talk.


Professor James Renwick and Professor Tim Naish


Victoria University of Wellington


The Atrium - Faculty of Architecture and Design 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro Campus, Wellington

6:00pm Mon 19 February, 2018 - 7:00pm Mon 19 February, 2018