Joee Patterson was one of four marine technicians on the Nathaniel B. Palmer research vessel during an expedition to Thwaites Glacier this past winter. The glacier is melting fast, and scientists fear that if it were to collapse entirely, it would trigger up to 11 feet of sea level rise.
A new five-year US and British research project hopes to give policy makers a better sense of how much west Antarctica will drive rising seas.
Antarctica is melting twice as fast now as it was just four years ago. That's the finding of new satellite observations from the European Space Agency.
Scientists say a massive ice sheet in Antarctica is starting to collapse. It's not going to slide into the ocean over night, but rather over centuries. Still, it will fall, scientists say. It's gotten to the point it can't be stopped — and that means rising sea levels.