Climate change in Antarctica
Over the past couple decades, significant warming has been registered in some parts of Antarctica. Lack of basic knowledge is a fundamental hurdle for efforts to comprehend climate change here. Research suggests that for the past 30 years, the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica has contributed to limiting the effects of global warming in the continent.
Climate in Antarctica
The climate in Antarctica is colder than in any other place on earth. And even though Antarctica is covered with snow and ice, the continent is essentially a desert, with exceedingly low annual precipitation.
Status and prospects
Over the past couple decades, significant warming has been registered in some parts of Antarctica and great changes are likely in the years to come.
Antarctica produces cold air, cold water and ice. These processes are fundamental for the climate system of the southern hemisphere, and influence that of the northern hemisphere as well.
Latest articles on climate
Research gives new knowledge about the Atlantic overturning circulation
Scientist Laura de Steur of the Norwegian Polar Institute and her colleague Femke de Jong have done research that contributes to understanding the process of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC).
Institute Director featured in documentary on climate change
Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute, Dr. Jan-Gunnar Winther, participated in a two-part documentary on climate change, "Warmer", which premiered on the ABS-CBN News Channel in the Philippines 28 March 2016.