West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse – the fall and rise of a paradigm

@article{Vaughan2008WestAI,
  title={West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse – the fall and rise of a paradigm},
  author={David G. Vaughan},
  journal={Climatic Change},
  year={2008},
  volume={91},
  pages={65-79}
}
  • D. Vaughan
  • Published 20 August 2008
  • Environmental Science
  • Climatic Change
It is now almost 30 years since John Mercer (1978) first presented the idea that climate change could eventually cause a rapid deglaciation, or “collapse,” of a large part of the West Antarctic ice sheet (WAIS), raising world sea levels by 5 m and causing untold economic and social impacts. This idea, apparently simple and scientifically plausible, created a vision of the future, sufficiently alarming that it became a paradigm for a generation of researchers and provided an icon for the green… 
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