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January 16th, 2002

Antarctic climate cooling and terrestrial ecosystem response

A team led by Peter Doran (Univ of Illinois at Chicago), including INSTAAR scientist Diane McKnight and INSTAAR affiliates Andrew Fountain and Gary Clow, discovered that continental Antarctica has generally cooled during the last 35 years. This cooling is unique among the Earth's continental landmasses, according to a paper published 13 January in the online version of Nature. Continental Antarctic cooling, especially the seasonality of cooling, poses challenges to models of climate and ecosystem change.