Working to reduce uncertainty

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Working to reduce uncertainty

The rate at which the world’s ice is melting is a key element of climate research. Knowledge generated by the Top-level Research Initiative’s SVALI project will help to increase the certainty of future forecasts.

When the Intergovernmental on Climate Change (IPCC) presented the first half of its new report in Stockholm in October 2013, one of the important topics of focus was the rising global sea level. Most of the rise in sea level is the result of melting glaciers.

“The models used by the IPCC encompass a high level of uncertainty. There is a huge difference between the lowest and highest scenarios. We are working to reduce uncertainty,” says Jon Ove Hagen, Professor of Geosciences at the University of Oslo and head of the Stability and Variations of Arctic Land Ice (SVALI) Nordic Centre of Excellence.

Read the article in the Swedish Research Council’s web magazine, Curie. (Swedish only)

See the interview with Jon Ove Hagen and Signe Hillerup Larsen on SVALI’s activities on YouTube.