NEWS BRIEFING: Why is there more ice in Antarctica? – Launch of Antarctic sea ice report

Tue Mar 11, 2014

NEWS BRIEFING – TODAY 11 March 2014 at 10am AEDT Online 

If the world is warming, as scientist continue to tell us, how can reports of increased Antarctic sea ice make any sense at all? Shouldn’t it be melting just like the Arctic? Today the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) will launch their Position Analysis: Antarctic Sea Ice and Climate Change 2014 to highlight where the research currently stands and to help sort out the confusion. Join us for this launch where experts, including the report lead author, will discuss the puzzling nature of sea ice at the South Pole – they may even explain how THAT ship could get stuck in excess sea ice.

The briefing will discuss the following issues:

  • What are the current levels of sea ice in Antarctica?
  • Why the thickness of the ice is so important
  • The two ends of the earth: sea ice variability between the Poles
  • The changing environment of the Antarctic sea ice under climate change

An official launch will be held in Hobart today at 12.30pm. For more information or a copy of the Position Analysis contact Miranda Harman at the ACE CRC, 0419 507 268,


  • Dr Jan Lieser, Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) – and lead author of the report Jan’s slides
  • Professor Ian Simmonds, School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne
  • Dr Sharon Stammerjohn, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA Sharon’s slides

DATE: Today 11 March 2014
DURATION: Approx 45 min
VENUE: Online

Date issued: 7 March 2014    AEDT = Australian Eastern Daylight Time

NB:  The AusSMC generally runs two different types of media briefings:
NEWS BRIEFINGS – Where new research or data will be released as part of the briefing
BACKGROUND BRIEFINGS – Where experts discuss an issue which is in the news or an issue we consider newsworthy, but no new research or data is being released