The new Scripps Polar Center...

...brings together scientists from disciplines that investigate everything from ocean physics to ice sheet and glacier dynamics to the ecology of the organisms that live at the poles. Polar Center leaders say that a cross-disciplinary approach is what’s needed to understand polar regions in all their complexity at a time when climate change is destabilizing the Arctic and Antarctic regions faster than anywhere else on Earth.

Addressing urgency...

...the research community and governments feel because of how quickly the poles are changing. The fastest changes in the climate record are taking place now in Earth’s polar regions. In the Arctic, sea ice cover is shrinking which affects the planet’s albedo, its capability to reflect sunlight back to space. The Greenland Ice Sheet and the Antarctic Ice Sheet are both losing ice to the ocean, causing sea levels to rise.

HIGH LATITUDE OCEAN PROCESSES

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ICE SHEET AND OCEAN INTERACTION

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POLAR ECOSYSTEMS

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ICE CORES AND PALEO

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