Deep-diving elephant seals equipped with sensors provide observational data to beef up predictions of sea level rise
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Computer models may be overestimating the rate at which Antarctic ice shelve are melting, said a team of researchers who recently added some solid observational data to the mix after drilling a series of deep holes in the Fimbul Ice Shelf to gather the first direct measurements of melting.
Along with the drilling, the research also used data from group of elephant seals, outfitted with sensors that measure salinity, temperature, and depth. The scientists benefited from the seals’ lengthy migration, which provided some critical information about Antarctic melting and future sea level rise. (more…)
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