Earth and Life Sciences
The Antarctic Peninsula under a 1.5°C global warming scenario - what change is it locked into?
Topics: Earth and Life Sciences, Climate Science
Type: Briefing paper
Publication date: April 2019
Authors: Martin Siegert, Angus Atkinson, Alison Banwell, Mark Brandon, Peter Convey, Bethan Davies, Rod Downie, Tamsin Edwards, Bryn Hubbard, Gareth Marshall, Joeri Rogelj, Jane Rumble, Julienne Stroeve, David Vaughan
The polar regions are highly vulnerable to global warming. While global temperatures have risen by 1°C, the Antarctic Peninsula has seen a temperature increase of more than 2.5°C. This briefing considers how the Antarctic Peninsula will respond to further increase in global temperatures of 0.5°C, and why it is essential to limit global warming to 1.5°C.