Andrew Shepherd

We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Andrew Shepherd is associated, including Greenland and Antarctica. Most recently, Andrew Shepherd has been quoted saying: “The sea ice cap has been retreating for decades, and as it does the animals who live on its edge have had to move north.” in the article How disappearing sea ice has put Arctic ecosystem under threat.

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The sea ice cap has been retreating for decades, and as it does the animals who live on its edge have had to move north.

But that process takes them further and further away from land – and there is likely to be a limit about the distance they can tolerate.

For the UK to maintain its leadership in climate science we must continue to work closely with our partners in Europe.

The union of European states has been a powerful force for good and for progress, and many of the achievements it has made possible could not have been accomplished by nations alone.

In the past 10 years we've had really good measurements of the polar regions, thanks to the European Space Agency's Cryosat mission. We used to think that the polar ice sheets were sitting around as slumbering giants that didn't change at all, until we looked at them with satellites.

Based upon what we know things will look very different in the northern hemisphere. The sea ice has been retreating over the past few decades. We know that for sure. The polar ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland will look the same from space, they are big white things, but they'll have a lot less ice in them. And that ice will end up in the water and so sea levels will rise as a consequence of that. So people will need to adapt to those changes.

The ice sheet model projections for 1,000, or 10,000 years in the future tell us that there may be no Greenland ice sheet, there may be no polar sea ice in the Arctic. Planet Earth would look completely different if that were the case.

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